“He that takes truth for his guide, and duty for his end, may safely trust to God’s providence to lead him aright.” – Blaise Pascal. "There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily" – George Washington letter to Edmund Randolph — 1795. We live in a “post-truth” world. According to the dictionary, “post-truth” means, “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” Simply put, we now live in a culture that seems to value experience and emotion more than truth. Truth will never go away no matter how hard one might wish. Going beyond the MSM idealogical opinion/bias and their low information tabloid reality show news with a distractional superficial focus on entertainment, sensationalism, emotionalism and activist reporting – this blogs goal is to, in some small way, put a plug in the broken dam of truth and save as many as possible from the consequences—temporal and eternal. "The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those who speak it." – George Orwell “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.” ― Soren Kierkegaard
Ignoring long-term problems can work for a while, but eventually they catch up with you. Over the years, I have written many articles about alarming long-term trends in our society that desperately needed to be addressed. Of course the vast majority of those long-term trends never got much attention, because our political system tends to reward politicians that focus on short-term issues. As a result, many of the long-term trends that I have written about previously have now gotten to a point where they have started to become very serious short-term problems. In this article, I would like to share 9 examples of this with you.
#1 I have been warning about exploding debt levels for as long as I have been writing about the economy. Most people know that the U.S. national debt has now crossed the 28 trillion dollar threshold, but hardly anyone is talking about the explosion of corporate debt that we have been witnessing in recent months. According to the Federal Reserve, total corporate debt in the United States is now up to a whopping 11.2 trillion dollars…
Before the pandemic, U.S. companies were borrowing heavily at low interest rates. When Covid-19 lockdowns triggered a recession, they didn’t pull back. They borrowed even more and soon paid even less.
After a brief spike, interest rates on corporate debt plummeted to their lowest level on record, bringing a surge in new bonds. Nonfinancial companies issued $1.7 trillion of bonds in the U.S. last year, nearly $600 billion more than the previous high, according to Dealogic. By the end of March, their total debt stood at $11.2 trillion, according to the Federal Reserve, about half the size of the U.S. economy.
#2 Needless to say, this level of corporate debt is not even close to sustainable, and we are starting to see a lot of prominent names go bankrupt. In fact, one of the largest mall owners in the entire country officially filed for bankruptcy on Sunday…
Washington Prime Group, a major mall owner of more than 100 locations across the United States, filed for bankruptcy, citing pandemic-related shutdowns.
The Columbus, Ohio-based company filed for Chapter 11 late Sunday, saying Covid-19 “created significant challenges” and that the move is “necessary.” Washington Prime secured $100 million in new funding to support its day-to-day operations so it can “continue in the ordinary course without interruption.”
#3 The standard of living in the United States has been going down for a very long time. Here in 2021, inflation is growing at a much faster rate than wages are, and this is squeezing middle class families like never before. One of the ways that families are dealing with this is by putting off major purchases, and that is one of the reasons why the average age of the vehicles on our roads has now reached an all-time record high…
The average age of vehicles on U.S. roadways rose to a record 12.1 years last year, as lofty prices and improved quality prompt owners to hold on to their cars longer.
It was the first time the average vehicle age rose above 12 years, according to data released Monday by research firm IHS Markit. While the average vehicle age has risen steadily over the last 15 years, the trend accelerated during the coronavirus pandemic partly because of a drop in new-car sales, IHS said.
#4 America’s growing homelessness crisis has accelerated greatly during the pandemic, and the big cities in California are being hit the hardest. At this point, it is really difficult to navigate through the streets of San Francisco without stumbling over a tent or stepping in human excrement…
For a city as opulent as San Francisco, it’s long been jarring to see the extreme poverty of those experiencing homelessness on its streets. If you walk around downtown, tents, makeshift cardboard beds and human excrement can be seen littering the sidewalks. Impoverished people lie on the ground as a blur of highly paid professionals whiz by.
#5 The homelessness crisis is also one of the factors that is fueling the dramatic rise in crime rates that we have been seeing all over the nation. Once upon a time, millions of eager tourists would flock to Venice Beach, but now the phrase “like hell went to hell” is being used to describe conditions at that once pristine tourist trap…
Year-to-date numbers show that robberies have nearly tripled since the same period last year. Homeless-related robberies are up 260 percent; homeless-related assaults with a deadly weapon is up 118 percent; property crimes and area burglaries are up 85 percent; and grand theft auto is up 74 percent.
According to Embrich, felony arrests are up 68 percent, while misdemeanor arrests have grown by 355 percent. But arrests aren’t enough: Suspects are often released back onto the streets within hours.
#6 The police are the ones that are supposed to protect us from crime and restore order when things get out of control, but now they are leaving public service in record numbers. After being endlessly demonized by leftist activists and the mainstream media, police officers are either retiring or resigning at a staggering rate….
Police retirements have risen by 45 percent in the past year, with officers opting out of forces across the country amid Black Lives Matter demonstrations that fueled anti-cop rhetoric.
The alarming statistic was revealed by the Police Executive Research Forum on Sunday, with the organization also revealing that resignations rose by 18 percent during the same twelve month period.
#7 Have you noticed that many of our cities are becoming disgustingly filthy? When I was growing up, I often heard the phrase “cleanliness is next to godliness”, but you never hear anyone use it anymore. These days, filth and grime are everywhere, and that has resulted in widespread infestations. Many of our cities now have massive problems with rats and bed bugs, but Chicago is the worst of them all…
The Windy City is known for quite a few things: hot dogs, deep dish, baseball. But here’s one thing you probably don’t associate with Chicago: bed bugs. Turns out these tiny hitchhiking pests are quite fond of our city, according to the latest numbers available through Atlanta-based Orkin, a company that specializes in pest control services.
In fact, Chicago ranked no. 1 on the 2021 list, according to Orkin, reclaiming the top spot for the first time since 2017, when it slipped to no. 3, just behind Baltimore and Washington. For the sixth year in a row, Orkin also ranked Chicago the “rattiest” city in America.
#8 I have been writing about the drought in the western half of the country for years, but here in 2021 it is the worst we have ever seen. As I write this article, an astounding 88 percent of the West is officially in a state of drought…
Lakes at historically low levels, unusually early forest fires, restrictions on water use and now a potentially record heat wave: even before summer’s start the US West is suffering the effects of chronic drought made worse by climate change.
Eighty-eight percent of the West was in a state of drought this week, including the entire states of California, Oregon, Utah and Nevada, according to official data.
#9 When drought gets bad enough, it leads to water shortages, and we will want to watch developments in California very closely. Water supplies have gotten very tight throughout the state, and officials in Santa Clara County just officially declared “a water shortage emergency”…
Santa Clara County is in extreme drought. We can’t afford to wait to act as our water supplies are being threatened locally and across California. We are in an emergency and Valley Water must do everything we can to protect our groundwater resources and ensure we can provide safe, clean water to Santa Clara County residents and businesses.
To better deal with these threats and the emergency they are causing, today my fellow Board Members and I unanimously declared a water shortage emergency condition in Santa Clara County. This declaration, which is among the strongest actions we can take under law, allows Valley Water to work with our retailers, cities and the county to implement regulations and restrictions on the delivery and consumption of water. We also are urging the County of Santa Clara to proclaim a local emergency and join us in underscoring the seriousness of the threats posed by the extreme drought.
Over the past few years, America has been hit by crisis after crisis, and many are yearning for a return to the good old days. Unfortunately, that simply is not going to happen.
The United States is never going to be like it once was. Too many things have changed, and our culture has been radically transformed over the past several decades.
Many of the items that I have shared in this article are simply symptoms of much broader cultural problems. We are a deeply, deeply sick society, and it is getting worse with each passing day.
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Our Election and Predestination By Harry Ironside
In Ephesians 1:4-5, the apostle Paul carries our minds back to the past eternity that we may be brought to realize that salvation is altogether of God, not at all of ourselves. An old hymn puts it this way:
’Tis not that I did choose Thee, For, Lord, that could not be, This heart would still refuse Thee, But Thou hast chosen me. (Josiah Conder)
And again in another hymn that we know well, we are taught to sing:
Jesus sought me when a stranger, Wand’ring from the fold of God; He, to rescue me from danger, Interposed His precious blood. (Robert Robinson)
It was God Himself who purposed our salvation in the past eternity. It is Jesus Christ who accomplished our salvation on the Cross when the fullness of time had come. It is God the Holy Spirit who convicts us and brings us to repentance and to a saving knowledge of the grace of God as revealed in Christ. We cannot take any credit to ourselves for our salvation. A little boy was asked, “Have you found Jesus?” He looked up and said, “Please, sir, I didn’t know He was lost; but I was, and He found me.” We did not have to do the seeking after Him, He sought us because of the love that was in His heart from eternity.
“According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world” (Ephesians 1:4). This, of course, is the truth of election. Again and again believers are spoken of as elect people, as children chosen of God. He set His love on us in the past eternity. This troubles people sometimes; and yet, how could it be otherwise? God who is infinite in wisdom, with whom the past and the future are all one eternal now, purposed in His heart before the world came into existence that He was going to have a people who would be to the praise and glory of His grace for all eternity. He looked down through the ages and saw us as those for whom He would give His Son in order to add to the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is wonderful to see how intimately the joy of Christ and our salvation are linked together.
Notice, that it is God who purposes salvation this way; it is God who plans; it is God who chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world. Notice, it is not that He chose the church as such, but he chose every individual who was to be a member of that church, to be one with Christ for eternity. You say, “I do not understand that.” I don’t either. Whenever I consider a subject such as God’s electing grace and predestinating love, I remind myself that the Word says, “My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9). But it may help us a little if we consider predestination apart from the question of the fall of man. Before the world was made, before sin came in, God chose us in Christ to be with His Son for all eternity. The fact that sin came in did not alter God’s purpose. He is still going to carry it out in spite of all that Satan has done to wreck His fair creation.
The doctrine of election has been pictured in this way. Here is a vast host of people hurrying down the broad road with their minds fixed on their sins, and one person stands calling attention to a door—the entrance into the narrow way that leads to life eternal. On this door is plainly written the text, “Whosoever will, let him come.” Every man is invited, no one need hesitate. Some may say, “Well, I may not be of the elect, and so it would be useless for me to endeavor to come, for the door will not open for me.” But God’s invitation is absolutely sincere: it is addressed to every man, “Whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely” (Revelation 22:17). If men refuse to come, if they pursue their own godless way down to the pit, whom can they blame but themselves for their eternal judgment? The messenger addressed himself to all; the call comes to all; the door could be entered by all, but many refuse to come and thus perish in their sins. Such men can never blame God for their eternal destruction. The door was open, the invitation was given, they refused. God says to them sorrowfully, “Ye will not come unto me, that ye might have life.” But as the invitation is extended, every minute or two someone stops and asks, “What is that?” “The way to life,” is the reply. “Ah, that I might find the way to life! I have found no satisfaction in this old world. I should like to know how to be free from my sin, how to be made fit for the presence of God.” Then he draws near and listens, and the Spirit of God impresses the message on his heart and conscience. As a result, he says, “I am going inside: I will accept the invitation; I will enter that door,” and he presses his way in and it shuts behind him. As he turns about he finds written on the inside of the door the words, “Chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world.” “What?” he says, “had God His heart fixed on me before ever the world came into being?” Yes, but he could not find it out until he got inside.
You see, you can pass the door if you will, you can trample the love of God beneath your feet, you can spurn His grace if you are determined to do it, but you will go down to the pit, and you will be responsible for your own doom.
There is no such thing taught in the Word of God as predestination to eternal condemnation. If men are lost, they are lost because they do not come to Christ. When men do come to Christ, they learn the wonderful secret that God has foreknown it all from eternity and that He had settled it before the world came into existence that they were to share the glory of His Son throughout endless ages. D. L. Moody used to say in his quaint way when people talked about the subject of election: “the whosoever wills are the elect, and the whosoever won’ts are the non-elect.” And so you can settle it for yourself whether you will be among the elect of God or not.
When asked to explain the doctrine of election, a brother once said, “Well, it’s this way, the Lord voted for my salvation; the devil voted for my damnation. I voted with the Lord, and so we got into the majority.” The devil seeks my eternal loss, and God seeks my eternal blessing, and my heart says, “I will.” I then know that I am among those chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world. Let me link this up with another Scripture, 2 Thessalonians 2:13:
But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth.
There you have the purpose of God in the past eternity. God had from the beginning chosen you unto salvation, and He is carrying out His purpose through the work of the Holy Spirit as the one who hears the message believes the truth.
Then listen to the apostle Peter:
Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied. (1 Peter 1:2; emphasis added)
There you have exactly the same order. God the Father foreknew us from eternity, but it was up to us whether or not we would yield to Christ. When we did yield in the obedience of faith, we took our places beneath the sprinkled blood of Jesus and our salvation was eternally assured. People try sometimes to put the whole responsibility on God and say, “If God has not chosen me, I cannot be saved.” If you will trust in Christ, you may know that God has chosen you.
You remember the striking illustration that the Spirit of God Himself gave us at the end of the book of Acts. When Paul and his company were on their way to Rome, a terrific storm arose, and they were casting out some of the cargo in order to lighten the ship, but finally they gave up in despair. And then an angel appeared and spoke with Paul, and Paul called for the captain of the ship and said:
I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of any man’s life among you, but of the ship. For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee. (Acts 27:22-24)
There was God’s foreknowledge. Everyone in that ship would be brought through safely, not one of them would be lost. But a little while afterwards Paul noticed something going on among the sailors. They were fitting out a boat and were preparing to launch it into the sea, putting some provisions into it and getting ready to cut away and leave the ship. And Paul said to the captain, “Except these abide in the ship, ye cannot be saved” (Acts 27:31). Had he not already told them that no one would perish? That was God’s side; their side was to “abide in the ship.” They were responsible to see that no one left the ship. And so it is in regard to the doctrine of election and man’s responsibility. Everyone who is saved will be in Heaven because he was chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world; and yet every man who is ever saved will be there because as a guilty sinner he put his personal trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. You may say, “I can’t reconcile these two ideas to each other.” You do not need to do so; just believe it and go on your way rejoicing.
Look at Ephesians 1:4:
According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him.
God, who foresaw all who would put their trust in Christ, provided a means whereby all our sin and iniquity could be paid for, in order that we might be presented holy and without blame before Him. This, of course, involves the work of the Cross. Redemption was not an afterthought with God. It was all provided for when He decided to bring into existence creatures who could give Him voluntary love and service.
The questions may be asked, “Why did not God, who knows all things, create a race of people who would not have sinned and rejected Him, but who would always have done that which was right in His sight, who would always have loved and obeyed Him? Is not God in some sense responsible for sin because He created a creature weak enough to sin? Could He not have created one so strong that he could not have sinned?” Certainly He could. He could have made creatures that could not have failed Him. He could have created humanity in such a way that it could not have deviated from the right path. But God’s determination to create a man or woman who could choose to give Him loyal obedience, loving service, and voluntary devotion, necessitated the creation of men and women who could turn away from God if they wanted to and refuse to obey Him if they so desired. Otherwise, there would have been no freedom in their love, devotion, reverence, and affection. God was willing to take all the risk that He did take in order to have beings in this universe who would give Him glad and free-hearted love and devotion. So when sin came in, the Savior was given, and the Seed of the woman has bruised the serpent’s head. Now through the work of Christ, God can present us in His glorious presence holy and without blame in Him. It is not what we are naturally in ourselves, but what we are in Christ Jesus.
Now notice in Ephesians 1:5, we have another word that troubles people: “having predestinated us.” Some translations take the last two words of verse 4, “in love,” and start verse 5 with them: “In love having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will.” Predestination is a manifestation of the love of the Father. As it is, God who chose us in grace, it is the Father who had predestinated us to the adoption of children. Nowhere in the Bible are people ever predestined to go to Hell, and nowhere are people simply predestined to go to Heaven. Look it up and see. We are chosen in Christ to share His glory for eternity, but predestination is always to some special place of blessing.
In Romans 8:29, we read: “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.” Predestined to what? Predestined “to be conformed to the image of his Son.” You see, predestination is not God from eternity saying, “This man goes to Heaven, and this man to Hell.” No, but predestination teaches me that when I have believed in Christ and trusted Him as my Savior, I may know on the authority of God that it is settled forever that some day I am to become exactly like my Savior. It settles the question of the security of my salvation. Whatever my present unsatisfactory experiences may be, some day I shall be altogether like the One who has redeemed me.
“Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself’ (Ephesians 1:5). The word adoption perplexes some. They say, “Does it mean that we are only adopted children and not really born into the family? Does it mean adopted in that sense?” This word literally means, the full placing as sons. We might read this verse, “Having predestinated us unto the son-placing through Jesus Christ unto Himself.” It will help us to understand this concept of adoption better if we bear in mind that in the days when our Bible was written, a man might have a number of wives and some who were really his slaves. He would have to select those children among whom he wished to divide his estate for he might not wish it divided among all his various children. He would take those whom he selected as his heirs down to the forum, and there confess them openly before the proper authority as his sons and then go through a ceremony of adoption. From that day on they were recognized as his heirs. We have been born into the family of God by regeneration and thus made children of God. We have received the Holy Spirit, who is the Spirit of adoption, and God has marked us out as those who will share everything with the Son for all eternity. We are adopted sons and born-again children.
“In love having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will.” Our Lord is the One through whom all this blessing comes. There is a beautiful passage in the Old Testament that speaks of the coming Savior as a “nail in a sure place” (Isaiah 22:23). The simile is taken from the tent-life of the nomadic people. Pegs, on which they hung their garments and blankets, were fitted into the upright poles of their tents, and the women hung the utensils they used on similar pegs. Scripture pictures all kinds of vessels hung on one of these nails fastened in a sure place, and it says, “And they shall hang upon him all the glory of his father’s house” (Isaiah 22:24). So the Lord Jesus Christ, having accomplished redemption, has become that “nail in a sure place,” and every one of us are hung upon Him. If the nail goes down, we all go down; if Christ fails, then we all go down together. But since Christ will never fail, He will sustain every one of us right on to the very end. That is the truth that is revealed here.
This truth of election and predestination and of sonship emphasizes the preciousness of our Lord Jesus Christ! Say it over and over to your soul until your whole being is thrilled, “Lord Jesus, I owe it all to You.”
Every blessing for time and eternity we owe to Him. Are those blessings given to us according to our understanding or the strength of our faith, or our devotedness? Not at all! What then? “According to the good pleasure of his will.” You know some people are afraid of the will of God, yet it is the will of God that you and I who put our trust in the Lord Jesus should share the Savior’s glory for all eternity. And in revealing His will to us step by step along the way, He would have us become more and more conformed to Him while here on Earth. Oh, to be able to say from the heart, “I welcome Your sweet will, O God.” The greatest mistake any Christian can make is to substitute his own will for the will of God. Remember, it is the will of God that every saved one should eventually be with Christ and like Christ forevermore.
If you are still unsaved, the most fearful mistake you can ever make is to suppose that if you yield yourself to the will of God it would take away from your peace and happiness and joy. The only real peace, the only real happiness, the only real joy for created beings is found in following the will of God. His will planned our redemption; His will purposed our salvation; and His will secures our place in the glory for all eternity.
Some important questions answered
1. “But what if I am not one of the elect?”
You can readily settle that yourself. Without attempting to delve into the mysteries of the divine decrees and the divine foreknowledge, it is enough to say that all who come to God through His Son are elect. Our Lord makes this very plain in John 6:37. He says:
All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.
Now do not linger too long on the first half of the verse. Be clear about the latter half, for it is there your responsibility is found. Have you come to Jesus? If so, you have His pledged word that He will not cast you out. The fact that you come proves that the Father gave you to Christ. Thus, you may be certain that you belong to the glorious company of the elect. This is what Scripture teaches:
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)
The invitation is to all:
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)
Those who accept this invitation are the elect. Remember, we are never told that Christ died for the elect. But what does the Word say? “Christ died for the ungodly.” Are you ungodly? Then He died for you. Put in your claim and enter into peace. Meditate on the Holy Spirit’s declaration through the apostle Paul:
This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. (1 Timothy 1:15)
Nowhere are we told that Christ came to save the elect. The term “sinners” is all-embracing, for “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” Are you sure you are a sinner? Then you may be certain there is salvation for you. Do not exercise yourself in matters too high for you. Just be simple enough to take God at His Word.
2. “Sometimes I am afraid I am predestinated to be damned; if so, I can do nothing to alter my terrible case.”
No one was ever predestinated to be damned. Predestination is a precious truth of inestimable value and comfort when rightly understood. Will you not turn to your Bible and read for yourself in the only two chapters in which this word “predestinate” or “predestinated” is found? The first is Romans 8:29-30:
For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
The other chapter is Ephesians 1. In verse 5, we read:
Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will.
And in verse 11, it says:
Being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will.
You will note there is no reference in these four verses to either Heaven or Hell but to Christlikeness eventually. Nowhere are we told in Scripture that God predestinated one man to be saved and another to be lost. Men are to be saved or lost eternally because of their attitude toward the Lord Jesus Christ:
He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. (John 3:36)
Predestination means that someday all the redeemed shall become just like the Lord Jesus! Is not this precious?
3. “I am trying to believe, but I have no assurance of salvation.”
Trying to believe whom? Would you dare speak of trying to believe the One who cannot lie? Is not this to insult God to His face? Suppose a dear friend of yours related a strange story which he declared to be a fact, would you say to him, “I will try to believe you”? Would not this be tantamount to declaring that you did not believe him at all? Do not then, I beg of you, talk of trying to believe when God has given His own testimony concerning His Son and promised to give eternal life to all who trust Him.
You either do believe Him, or you do not. If you do not believe Him, you practically make Him a liar. If you have been doing this heretofore, will you not go to Him at once and confess this great wickedness of which you have been guilty, and tell Him you will henceforth rest in simple faith upon His Word? It is not a question of feeling or emotion but of “believing God and asking no questions,” as that little boy put it, when asked, “What is faith?”
4. “But the Bible says faith is the gift of God and that all men have not faith; perhaps it is not the will of God to give me saving faith.”
Faith is the gift of God in this sense, that only through His Word is it received. “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). All men may have faith if they will: but alas, many refuse to hear the Word of God, so they are left in their unbelief. The Holy Spirit presents the Word, but one may resist His gracious influence. On the other hand, one may listen to the Word and believe it. That is faith. It is God’s gift; it is true because it is given through His Word.
5. “But must I not hold on to the end if I would be saved at last?”
May I, without irreverence, venture to recast a Bible story? If the account of Noah and the flood went something like this, what would you think of it? Suppose that after the ark was completed, God said to Noah, “Now, get eight great spikes of iron and drive them into the side of the ark.” And Noah procured the spikes and did as he was bidden. Then the word came to him, “Come thou and all thy house and hang on to these spikes.” And Noah and his wife, and the three sons and their wives, each held onto a spike, and the rains descended and the flood came, and as the ark was borne up on the waters, their muscles were strained to the utmost as they clung to the spikes. Imagine God saying to them, “If you hang on till the deluge is over, you will be saved!” Can you even think of such a thing as anyone of them going safely through?
But oh, how different the simple Bible story:
And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark. (Genesis 7:1)
Ah, that is a very different thing than holding on! Inside the ark, they were safe as long as the ark endured the storm. And every believer in Christ is as safe as God can make him. Look away then from all self-effort and trust Him alone. Rest in the ark and rejoice in God’s great salvation. And be sure to remember that it is Christ who holds you, not you who hold Him. He has said, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5)” and:
For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. (Romans 5:10)
He who died for you, now lives at God’s right hand to keep you, and the Father sees you in Him. “He hath made us accepted in the beloved” (Ephesians 1:6). Could anything be more sure?
6. “Do I not have to wait for God’s time? I can do nothing about it until He is ready to save me.”
But God’s time is now. He plainly tells us, “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2; emphasis added). You need not wait another moment. He will never be any more ready to save you than He is at the very instant you are reading these words, and you will never be more fit to come to Him than at this very moment. Every day you wait, you are adding to the terrible list of your sins. Every hour you continue to reject Him, you are increasing your guilt by refusing to receive His blessed Son. Every moment you stay away from Him, you are sinning against His love. Why not close the present evil record by prostrating yourself before Him now, and owning your need, accept the gift of God, which is eternal life?
7. “But how can I be sure that my faith is strong enough to save my soul?”
It is not faith that saves the soul. It is the One whom God has set forth as the object of faith. It is true we are justified by faith instrumentally, but actually, we are justified by His blood. The weakest faith in Jesus saves. The strongest faith in self, or in good works, or in the church, or in its ordinances leaves you lost and undone still.
James Parker of Plainfield, New Jersey was visiting in a hospital when a nurse indicated a bed surrounded with white screens and whispered, “The poor man is dying. The priest has been here and administered the last sacrament. He cannot live long.” Mr. Parker begged to go inside the screen, and permission was granted. As he looked down upon the dying man, he observed a crucifix on his bosom. He stooped over and lifted it up. The sick man lifted his eyes and looked distressed. “Put it back,” he whispered, “I want to die with it on my breast.”
The visitor pointed to the figure pictured on the Cross and said fervently, “He’s a wonderful Savior!”
“Yes, yes, I love the crucifix. Put it back, please. I hope it will help me to die well.”
“Not the crucifix,” was the reply, “but the One who died on the Cross, the Lord Jesus, He died to save you.”
The man looked bewildered, then his face brightened: “Oh, I see, not the crucifix but the One who died. He died for me. I see, sir, I see. I never understood it before.” It was evident that faith had sprung up in his soul. Mr. Parker replaced the crucifix, offered a brief prayer, and left. In a few minutes, he observed the body being wheeled out of the ward.
Telling me of it later, he exclaimed, “I know God thinks so much of the work of His Son that He will have everyone in Heaven who will give Him any excuse for taking them there!” It is blessedly true. Faith’s look at the Crucified saves, even though it be faith of the feeblest kind.
8. “I humbly hope I am a Christian, but I dare not be too sure. I cannot see how anyone can be certain until after the day of judgment.”
But the day of judgment will be too late! If this matter is not settled before that great assize, you will then be irrevocably lost. Perhaps you are laboring under a misapprehension of what that judgment of the Great White Throne is for and who is to be judged at that time. It will be the judgment of sinners, when all who have lived and died out of Christ will be judged according to their works. Christians will not stand there for judgment. Concerning them our Lord has said:
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. (John 5:24)
Here is a glorious truth revealed! The believer in the Lord Jesus will never have to be judged for his sins because Christ has been judged for them already. On account of this, God justifies freely and completely all who receive His Son in faith as their Savior. Look again at the verse quoted above. Notice that all who hear His Word and believe in Him have everlasting life. It is present possession. Therefore, it is really unbelief that would lead one to say, “I hope I have eternal life because I believe in Jesus.” Do not speak of humility when you are doubting God. Take Him at His Word and know beyond all question that eternal life is yours.
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Christian Armor Decays Two Ways Matthew 26:41; Mark 14:38; Ephesians 6:10–20
The Christian’s armor decays two ways: either by violent battery, when the Christian is overcome by temptation to sin, or else by neglecting to furbish and scour it with the use of those means which are as oil to keep it clean and bright.
Ritzema, E., & Vince, E. (Eds.). (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Puritans. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Charitable Words Better Than Sharp Ones Psalm 59:7; Proverbs 15:1; Ecclesiastes 5:2–3
There will come a time when three words uttered with charity and meekness shall receive a far more blessed reward than three thousand volumes written with disdainful sharpness of wit.
Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Reformation. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
In the second half of Romans 7, is the Apostle Paul describing his past as an unconverted Jew living under the law or his present struggle with sin as a believer? From one of our live events, Derek Thomas and Steven Lawson place this passage in context.
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Born Clive Staples Lewis in 1898, C. S. Lewis was a prolific writer who professed atheism as a teenager and resisted belief in Jesus for some time. Before he became a Christian, he published Spirits in Bondage: A Cycle of Lyrics, a book of poetry which reveals a great deal about his pre-conversion spiritual state. He converted to Christianity through the influence of close friends J.R.R. Tolkien and Hugo Dyson and after reading the works of George MacDonald, G.K. Chesterton, and others who challenged his beliefs about God and the meaning of life.
His newfound faith redirected his life and most notably, his writing. This British author and Oxford and Cambridge University literature professor went on to write 75 books before his death in 1963, including The Pilgrim’s Regress—his first major work after his conversion that documented his search for meaning and spiritual satisfaction that eventually lead him to Christianity.
Below are popular C. S. Lewis quotes on love, life, friendship, God, and more.
C. S. Lewis on love
There is no safe investment. To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket—safe, dark, motionless, airless—it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. The alternative to tragedy, or at least to the risk of tragedy, is damnation. The only place outside Heaven where you can be perfectly safe from all the dangers and perturbations of love is Hell. —C. S. Lewis, The Four Loves
Love is something more stern and splendid than mere kindness. —C. S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain
Do not waste time bothering whether you “love” your neighbor; act as if you do. As soon as we do this we find one of the great secrets. When you are behaving as if you loved someone, you will presently come to love him. —C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
This is one of the miracles of love: It gives a power of seeing through its own enchantments and yet not being disenchanted. —C. S. Lewis, A Grief Observed
When they have really learned to love their neighbors as themselves, they will be allowed to love themselves as their neighbors. —C. S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters
Love may forgive all infirmities and love still in spite of them: but Love cannot cease to will their removal. —C. S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain
C. S. Lewis on belief and faith
You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life and death to you. —C. S. Lewis, A Grief Observed
What can you ever really know of other people’s souls—of their temptations, their opportunities, their struggles? One soul in the whole of creation you do know: and it is the only one whose fate is placed in your hands. If there is a God, you are, in a sense, alone with him. —C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
To believe that God—at least this God—exists is to believe that you as a person now stand in the presence of God as a Person. What would, a moment before, have been variations in opinion, now become variations in your personal attitude to a Person. You are no longer faced with an argument which demands your assent, but with a Person who demands your confidence. —C. S. Lewis, The World’s Last Night and Other Essays
The controversy about faith and works is one that has gone on for a very long time, and it is a highly technical matter. I personally rely on the paradoxical text: “Work out your own salvation . . . for it is God that worketh in you.” It looks as if in one sense we do nothing, and in another case, we do a damned lot. “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling,” but you must have it in you before you can work it out. —C. S. Lewis, God in the Dock: Essays on Theology and Ethics
In science we have been reading only the notes to a poem; in Christianity, we find the poem itself. —C. S. Lewis, Miracles
Everyone who believes in God at all believes that he knows what you and I are going to do tomorrow. —C. S. Lewis, The Business of Heaven: Daily Readings from C. S. Lewis
Unless human reasoning is valid, no science can be true. —C. S. Lewis, Miracles
I believe in Christianity as I believe that the Sun has risen, not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else. —C. S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory
C. S. Lewis on God
Whatever you do, he will make good of it. But not the good he had prepared for you if you had obeyed Him. —C. S. Lewis, “Ransom,” in Perelandra
God has no needs. Human love, as Plato teaches us, is the child of Poverty—of want or lack; it is caused by a real or supposed good in its beloved which the lover needs and desires. But God’s love, far from being caused by goodness in the object, causes all the goodness which the object has, loving it first into existence and then into real, though derivative, loveability. God is Goodness. He can give good, but cannot need or get it. In that sense all His love is, as it were, bottomlessly selfless by very definition; it has everything to give and nothing to receive. —C. S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain
My idea of God is not a divine idea. It has to be shattered time after time. He shatters it himself. C. S. Lewis, A Grief Observed
I don’t doubt that the Holy Spirit guides your decisions from within when you make them with the intention of pleasing God. The error would be to think that he speaks only within, whereas in reality, he speaks also through Scripture, the Church, Christian friends, books etc. —C. S. Lewis, Letters of C. S. Lewis
To walk out of his will is to walk into nowhere. —C. S. Lewis, Perelandra
God is not merely good, but goodness; goodness is not merely divine, but God. —C. S. Lewis, Christian Reflections, “The Poison of Subjectivism”
We say that God is “infinite.” In the sense that His knowledge and power extend not to some things but to all, this is true. But if by using the word “infinite” we encourage ourselves to think of Him as a formless “everything” about whom nothing in particular and everything, in general, is true, then it would be better to drop that word altogether. Let us dare to say that God is a particular Thing. Once He was the only Thing: but He is creative, He made other things to be. He is not those other things. He is not “universal being”: if He were there would be no creatures, for a generality can make nothing. He is “absolute being”—or rather the Absolute Being—in the sense that He alone exists in His own right. —C. S. Lewis, Miracles
The freedom of God consists in the fact that no cause other than himself produces his acts and no external obstacle impedes them—that his own goodness is the root from which they all grow and his own omnipotence the air in which they all flower. —C. S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain
God is basic Fact or Actuality, the source of all other facthood. At all costs, therefore, he must not be thought of as a featureless generality. If he exists at all, he is the most concrete thing there is, the most individual, “organized and minutely articulated.” He is unspeakable not by being indefinite but by being too definite for the unavoidable vagueness of language. —C. S. Lewis, Miracles
“Aslan . . . you’re bigger.” “That is because you are older, little one,” answered he. “Not because you are?” “I am not. But every year you grow, you will find me bigger.” —C. S. Lewis, Prince Caspian
There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, “thy will be done,” and those to whom God says, “All right, then, have it your way.” —C. S. Lewis, The Great Divorce
We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be. —C. S. Lewis, Letters of C. S. Lewis
The question is not what we intended ourselves to be but what he intended us to be when he made us. —C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
Do not let us deceive ourselves. No possible complexity which we can give to our picture of the universe can hide us from God: there is no copse, no forest, no jungle thick enough to provide cover. —C. S. Lewis, God in the Dock: Essays on Theology and Ethics
Our whole being by its very nature is one vast need; incomplete, preparatory, empty yet cluttered, crying out for him who can untie things that are now knotted together and tie up things that are still dangling loose. —C. S. Lewis, The Four Loves
The infinite value of each human soul is not a Christian doctrine. God did not die for man because of some value he perceived in him. The value of each human soul considered simply in itself, out of relation to God, is zero. As St. Paul writes, to have died for valuable men would have been not divine but merely heroic; but God died for sinners. He loved us not because we were lovable, but because he is Love. —C. S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory
The humblest of us, in a state of Grace, can have some “knowledge-by-acquaintance” (con-naitre), some “tasting,” of Love Himself; but man even at his highest sanctity and intelligence has no direct “knowledge about” (savoir) the ultimate Being—only analogies. We cannot see light, though by light we can see things. Statements about God are extrapolations from the knowledge of other things which the divine illumination enables us to know. —C. S. Lewis, The Four Loves
We may ignore, but we can nowhere evade, the presence of God. The world is crowded with Him. He walks everywhere incognito. And the incognito is not always hard to penetrate. The real labour is to remember, to attend. In fact, to come awake. Still more, to remain awake. —C. S. Lewis, Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer
C. S. Lewis on heaven & hell
If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world. —C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
We are afraid that heaven is a bribe, and that if we make it our goal we shall no longer be disinterested. It is not so. Heaven offers nothing that a mercenary soul can desire. It is safe to tell the pure in heart that they shall see God, for only the pure in heart want to. —C. S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain
At the end of all things, when the sun rises here and the twilight turns to blackness down there, the Blessed will say, “We have never lived anywhere except in heaven,” and the Lost, “We were always in hell.” And both will speak truly. —C. S. Lewis, The Great Divorce
“Then those people are right who say that heaven and hell are only states of mind?” “Hush,” said he sternly. “Do not blaspheme. Hell is a state of mind—ye never said a truer word. And every state of mind, left to itself, every shutting up of the creature within the dungeon of its own mind—is, in the end, hell. But heaven is not a state of mind. Heaven is reality itself. All that is fully real is heavenly. For all that can be shaken will be shaken and only the unshakable remains.” —C. S. Lewis, The Great Divorce
But God will look to every soul like its first love because he is its first love. Your place in heaven will seem to be made for you and you alone because you were made for it—made for it stitch by stitch as a glove is made for a hand. — C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain
Most of us find it very difficult to want “Heaven” at all—except in so far as “heaven” means meeting again our friends who have died. One reason for this difficulty is that we have not been trained: our whole education tends to fix our minds on this world. Another reason is that when the real want for heaven is present in us, we do not recognize it. Most people, if they had really learned to look into their own hearts, would know that they do want, and want acutely, something that cannot be had in this world. There are all sorts of things in this world that offer to give it to you, but they never quite keep their promise. —C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
Indeed the safest road to hell is the gradual one—the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts. — C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters
I live in the Managerial Age, in a world of ‘Admin.’ The greatest evil is not now done in those sordid ‘dens of crime’ that Dickens loved to paint. It is not done even in concentration camps and labor camps. In those we see its final result. But it is conceived and ordered (moved, seconded, carried, and minuted) in clean, carpeted, warmed and well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks who do not need to raise their voices. Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern. —C. S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters
About hell. All I have ever said is that the N.T. [New Testament] plainly implies the possibility of some being finally left in “the outer darkness.” Whether this means (horror of horror) being left to a purely mental existence, left with nothing at all but one’s own envy, prurience, resentment, loneliness & self-conceit, or whether there is still some sort of environment, something you cd. call a world or a reality, I wd. never pretend to know. But I wouldn’t put the question in the form “do I believe in an actual hell.” One’s own mind is actual enough. If it doesn’t seem fully actual now that is because you can always escape from it a bit into the physical world—look out of the window, smoke a cigarette, go to sleep. But when there is nothing for you but your own mind (no body to go to sleep, no books or landscape, nor sounds, no drugs) it will be as actual as—as—well, as a coffin is actual to a man buried alive. —C. S. Lewis, The Letters of C. S. Lewis to Arthur Greeves
C. S. Lewis on courage
Courage, dear heart. —C. S. Lewis, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Do not dare not to dare. —C. S. Lewis, The Horse and His Boy
Courage is not simply one of the virtues but the form of every virtue at the testing point. —C. S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters
C. S. Lewis on happiness
Do not let your happiness depend on something you may lose. —C. S. Lewis, The Four Loves
If you think of this world as a place intended simply for our happiness, you find it quite intolerable: think of it as a place of training and correction and it’s not so bad. —C. S. Lewis, God in the Dock: Essays on Theology and Ethics
God designed the human machine to run on Himself. He Himself is the fuel our spirits were designed to burn, or the food our spirits were designed to feed on. There is no other. That is why it is just no good asking God to make us happy in our own way without bothering about religion. God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing. —C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing. —C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
A “right to happiness” . . . sounds to me as odd as a right to good luck. For I believe—whatever one school of moralists may say—that we depend for a very great deal of our happiness or misery on circumstances outside all human control. A right to happiness doesn’t, for me, make much more sense than a right to be six feet tall, or to have a millionaire for your father, or to get good weather whenever you want to have a picnic. —C. S. Lewis, God in the Dock: Essays on Theology and Ethics
The world is so much larger than I thought. I thought we went along paths, but it seems there are no paths. The going itself is the path. —C. S. Lewis in Perelandra
‘And who are all these young men and women on each side?’ ‘They are her sons and daughters.’ ‘She must have had a very large family, Sir.’ ‘Every young man or boy that met her became her son—even if it was only the boy that brought the meat to her back door. Every girl that met her was her daughter.’ ‘Isn’t that a bit hard on their own parents?’ ‘No. There are those that steal other people’s children. But her motherhood was of a different kind. Those on whom it fell went back to their natural parents loving them more… Every beast and bird that came near her had its place in her love. In her they became themselves. And now the abundance of life she has in Christ from the Father flows over into them. . . . Already there is joy enough in the little finger of a great saint such as yonder lady to waken all the dead things of the universe into life.’ —C. S. Lewis, The Great Divorce
If there lurks in most modern minds the notion that to desire our own good and earnestly to hope for the enjoyment of it is a bad thing, I submit that this notion has crept in from Kant and the Stoics and is no part of the Christian faith. Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased. —C. S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory
C. S. Lewis on death
The world, knowing how all our real investments are beyond the grave, might expect us to be less concerned than other people who go in for what is called Higher Thought and tell us that “death doesn’t matter”; but we “are not high-minded,” and we follow One who stood and wept at the grave of Lazarus—not surely, because he was grieved that Mary and Martha wept, and sorrowed for their lack of faith (though some thus interpret) but because death, the punishment of sin, is even more horrible in His eyes than in ours. —C. S. Lewis, God in the Dock: Essays on Theology and Ethics
On the one hand, Death is the triumph of Satan, the punishment of the Fall, and the last enemy. Christ shed tears at the grave of Lazarus and sweated blood in Gethsemane: the Life of Lives that was in Him detested this penal obscenity not less than we do, but more. On the other hand, only he who loses his life will save it. We are baptized into the death of Christ, and it is the remedy for the Fall. Death is, in fact, what some modern people call “ambivalent.” It is Satan’s great weapon and also God’s great weapon: it is holy and unholy; our supreme disgrace and our only hope; the thing Christ came to conquer and the means by which he conquered. —C. S. Lewis, Miracles
“There was a real railway accident,” said Aslan softly. “Your father and mother and all of you are—as you used to call it in the Shadow-Lands—dead. The term is over: the holidays have begun. The dream is ended: this is the morning.” And as He spoke He no longer looked to them like a lion; but the things that began to happen after that were so great and beautiful that I cannot write them. And for us this is the end of all the stories, and we can most truly say that they all lived happily ever after. But for them it was only the beginning of the real story. All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story, which no one on earth has read: which goes on for ever: in which every chapter is better than the one before. —C. S. Lewis, The Last Battle
Only he who really lived a human life (and I presume that only one did) can fully taste the horror of death. —C. S. Lewis, Letters of C. S. Lewis
Death is a safety device because, once Man has fallen, natural immortality would be the one utterly hopeless destiny for him. —C. S. Lewis, Miracles
It is hard to have patience with people who say “There is no death” or “Death doesn’t matter.” There is death. And whatever is matters. And whatever happens has consequences, and it and they are irrevocable and irreversible. You might as well say that birth doesn’t matter. I look up at the night sky. Is anything more certain than that in all those vast times and spaces, if I were allowed to search them, I should nowhere find her face, her voice, her touch? She died. She is dead. Is the word so difficult to learn? —C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed
C. S. Lewis on forgiveness
I think that if God forgives us we must forgive ourselves. Otherwise, it is almost like setting up ourselves as a higher tribunal than him. —C. S. Lewis, Letters of C. S. Lewis
We may, indeed, be sure that perfect chastity—like perfect charity—will not be attained by any merely human efforts. You must ask for God’s help. Even when you have done so, it may seem to you for a long time that no help, or less help than you need, is being given. Never mind. After each failure, ask forgiveness, pick yourself up, and try again. Very often what God first helps us towards is not the virtue itself but just this power of always trying again. For however important chastity (or courage, or truthfulness, or any other virtue) may be, this process trains us in habits of the soul which are more important still. It cures our illusions about ourselves and teaches us to depend on God. We learn, on the one hand, that we cannot trust ourselves even in our best moments, and, on the other, that we need not despair even in our worst, for our failures are forgiven. The only fatal thing is to sit down content with anything less than perfection. —C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
The demand that God should forgive such a man [one bent on evil] while he remains what he is, is based on a confusion between condoning and forgiving. To condone an evil is simply to ignore it, to treat it as if it were good. But forgiveness needs to be accepted as well as offered if it is to be complete: and a man who admits no guilt can accept no forgiveness. —C. S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain
There is no use in talking as if forgiveness were easy. We all know the old joke, “You’ve given up smoking once; I’ve given it up a dozen times.” In the same way I could say of a certain man, “Have I forgiven him for what he did that day? I’ve forgiven him more times than I can count.” For we find that the work of forgiveness has to be done over and over again. —C. S. Lewis, Reflections on the Psalms
It is perhaps not so hard to forgive a single great injury. But to forgive the incessant provocations of daily life—to keep on forgiving the bossy mother-in-law, the bullying husband, the nagging wife, the selfish daughter, the deceitful son—how can we do it? Only, I think, by remembering where we stand, by meaning our words when we say in our prayers each night “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those that trespass against us.” We are offered forgiveness on no other terms. To refuse it is to refuse God’s mercy for ourselves. There is no hint of exceptions and God means what he says. —C. S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory
C. S. Lewis on friendship
The first and most obvious answer is that few value it because few experience it. And the possibility of going through life without the experience is rooted in that fact which separates Friendship so sharply from both the other loves. Friendship is—in a sense not at all derogatory to it—the least natural of loves; the least instinctive, organic, biological, gregarious and necessary. It has least commerce with our nerves; there is nothing throaty about it nothing that quickens the pulse or turns you red and pale. It is essentially between individuals; the moment two men are friends they have in some degree drawn apart together from the herd. —C. S. Lewis, The Four Loves
Hence true Friendship is the least jealous of loves. Two friends delight to be joined by a third, and three by a fourth, if only the newcomer is qualified to become a real friend. . . . In this, Friendship exhibits a glorious ‘nearness by resemblance’ to heaven itself where the very multitude of the blessed (which no man can number) increases the fruition which each has of God. For every soul, seeing him in her own way, doubtless communicates that unique vision to all the rest. —C. S. Lewis, The Four Loves
The next best thing to being wise oneself is to live in a circle of those who are. —C.S. Lewis, Selected Literary Essays, “Hamlet: The Prince or the Poem” (1942)
We picture lovers face to face but friends side by side; their eyes look ahead. —C. S. Lewis, The Four Loves
Friendship arises out of mere companionship when two or more of the companions discover that they have in common some insight or interest or even taste which the others do not share and which, till that moment, each believed to be his own unique treasure (or burden). The typical expression of opening friendship would be something like, “What? You too? I thought I was the only one.” —C. S. Lewis, The Four Loves
Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art, like the universe itself (for God did not need to create). It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival. —C. S. Lewis, The Four Loves
Friendship is something that raised us almost above humanity. This love, free from instinct, free from all duties but those which love has freely assumed, almost wholly free from jealousy, and free without qualification from the need to be needed, is eminently spiritual. It is the sort of love one can imagine between angels. —C. S. Lewis, The Four Loves
Lovers seek for privacy. Friends find this solitude about them, this barrier between them and the herd, whether they want it or not. —C. S. Lewis, The Four Loves
C. S. Lewis on reading, writing, and literature
Always try to use the language so as to make quite clear what you mean and make sure your sentence couldn’t mean anything else. —C. S. Lewis, Letters to Children
Never use abstract nouns when concrete ones will do. If you mean “more people died” don’t say “mortality rose.” —C. S. Lewis, Letters to Children
I can’t imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once. —C.S. Lewis, Letter to Arthur Greeves
Always prefer the plain direct word to the long, vague one. Don’t implement promises, but keep them. —C. S. Lewis, Letters to Children
Some people write heavily, some write lightly. I prefer the light approach because I believe there is a great deal of false reverence about. There is too much solemnity and intensity in dealing with sacred matters; too much speaking in holy tones. —C. S. Lewis, God in the Dock: Essays on Theology and Ethics
“Yes,” my friend said. “I don’t see why there shouldn’t be books in heaven. But you will find that your library in heaven contains only some of the books you had on earth.” “Which?” I asked. “The ones you gave away or lent.” “I hope the lent ones won’t still have all the borrowers’ dirty thumb marks,” said I. “Oh yes they will,” said he. “But just as the wounds of the martyrs will have turned into beauties, so you will find that the thumb-marks have turned into beautiful illuminated capitals or exquisite marginal woodcuts.” —C. S. Lewis, God in the Dock: Essays on Theology and Ethics
I have found (to my regret) that the degrees of shame and disgust which I actually feel at my own sins do not at all correspond to what my reason tells me about their comparative gravity. . . . Our emotional reactions to our own behaviour are of limited ethical significance. —C. S. Lewis, Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer
The sins of the flesh are bad, but they are the least bad of all sins. All the worst pleasures are purely spiritual: the pleasure of putting other people in the wrong, of bossing and patronising and spoiling sport, and back-biting; the pleasures of power, of hatred. For there are two things inside me, competing with the human self which I must try to become. They are the Animal self, and the Diabolical self. The Diabolical self is the worse of the two. That is why a cold, self-righteous prig who goes regularly to church may be far nearer to hell than a prostitute. But, of course, it is better to be neither. —C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
C. S. Lewis on salvation
“Please—Aslan,” said Lucy, “can anything be done to save Edmund?” “All shall be done,” said Aslan. —C. S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,
The glory of God, and, as our only means to glorifying Him, the salvation of human souls, is the real business of life. —C. S. Lewis, Christian Reflections, “Christianity and Culture”
Christianity is not, in the long run, concerned either with individuals or communities . . . but a new creature. —C. S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory
What, then, is the difference which he [Jesus] has made to the whole human mass? It is just this; that the business of becoming a son of God, of being turned from a created thing into a begotten thing, of passing over from the temporary biological life into timeless “spiritual” life, has been done for us. Humanity is already “saved” in principle. We individuals have to appropriate that salvation. But the really tough work—the bit we could not have done for ourselves—has been done for us. We have not got to try to climb up into spiritual life by our own efforts; it has already come down into the human race. If we will only lay ourselves open to the one Man in whom it was fully present, and who, in spite of being God, is also a real man, he will do it in us and for us. —C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
Christ’s work of making New Men [is like] . . . turning a horse into a winged creature. . . . It is not mere improvement but Transformation. —C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
Dyson and Tolkien were the immediate human causes of my conversion. Is any pleasure on earth as great as a circle of Christian friends by a good fire? —C. S. Lewis, Letters of C. S. Lewis
As I drew near the conclusion, I felt a resistance almost as strong as my previous resistance to Theism. As strong, but shorter-lived, for I understood it better. Every step I had taken, from the Absolute to “Spirit” and from “Spirit” to “God,” had been a step toward the more concrete, the more imminent, the more compulsive. At each step one had less chance “to call one’s soul one’s own.” To accept the Incarnation was a further step in the same direction. It brings God nearer, or near in a new way. And this, I found, was something I had not wanted. But to recognize the ground for my evasion was of course to recognize both its shame and its futility. I know very well when, but hardly how, the final step was taken. I was driven to Whipsnade one sunny morning. When we set out I did not believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and when we reached the zoo I did. Yet I had not exactly spent the journey in thought. Nor in great emotion. “Emotional” is perhaps the last word we can apply to some of the most important events. It was more like when a man, after long sleep, still lying motionless in bed, becomes aware that he is now awake. And it was, like that moment on top of the bus, ambiguous. Freedom, or necessity? Or do they differ at their maximum? At that maximum a man is what he does; there is nothing of him left over or outside the act. —C. S. Lewis, Surprised by Joy
It costs God nothing, so far as we know, to create nice things: but to convert rebellious wills cost Him crucifixion. —C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
In the Trinity Term of 1929 I gave in, and admitted that God was God, and knelt and prayed; perhaps, that night, the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England. I did not then see what is now the most shining and obvious thing; the Divine humility which will accept a convert even on such terms. The Prodigal Son at least walked home on his own feet. But who can duly adore that Love which will open the high gates to a prodigal who is brought in kicking, struggling, resentful, and darting his eyes in every direction for a chance of escape? The words compelle intrare, compel them to come in, have been so abused by wicked men that we shudder at them; but, properly understood, they plumb the depth of the Divine mercy. The hardness of God is kinder than the softness of men, and His compulsion is our liberation. —C. S. Lewis, Surprised by Joy
C. S. Lewis on generosity
All our offerings, whether of music or martyrdom, are like the intrinsically worthless present of a child, which a father values indeed, but values only for the intention. —C. S. Lewis, Christian Reflections, “On Church Music”
Charity—giving to the poor—is an essential part of Christian morality. . . . I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare. In other words, if our expenditure on comforts, luxuries, amusements, etc., is up to the standard common among those with the same income as our own, we are probably giving away too little. If our charities do not at all pinch or hamper us, I should say they are too small. There ought to be things we should like to do and cannot do because our charitable expenditure excludes them. —C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
The proper aim of giving is to put the recipient in a state where he no longer needs our gift. —C. S. Lewis, The Four Loves
The limit of giving is to be the limit of our ability to give. —C. S. Lewis, English Literature in the Sixteenth Century, Introduction
C. S. Lewis on free will
The sin, both of men and of angels, was rendered possible by the fact that God gave them free will; thus surrendering a portion of His omnipotence (it is again a deathlike or descending movement) because he saw that from a world of free creatures, even though they fell, he could work out (and this is the re-ascent) a deeper happiness and a fuller splendour than any world of automata would admit. —C. S. Lewis, Miracles
God has made it a rule for himself that he won’t alter people’s character by force. He can and will alter them—but only if the people will let him. . . . He would rather have a world of free beings, with all its risks, than a world of people who did right like machines because they couldn’t do anything else. The more we succeed in imagining what a world of perfect automatic beings would be like, the more, I think, we shall see his wisdom. —C. S. Lewis, God in the Dock: Essays on Theology and Ethics
“Ye can know nothing of the end of all things. . . .” “Because they are too terrible, Sir?” “No. Because all answers deceive. If ye put the question from within Time and are asking about possibilities, the answer is certain. The choice of ways is always before you. Neither is closed. Any man may choose eternal death. Those who choose it will have it. But if ye are trying to leap on into eternity, if ye are trying to see the final state of all things as it will be (for so ye must speak) when there are no more possibilities left but only the Real, then ye ask what cannot be answered to mortal ears. Time is the very lens through which ye see—small and clear, as men see through the wrong end of a telescope—something that would otherwise be too big for ye to see at all. That thing is Freedom: the gift whereby ye most resemble your Maker and are yourselves parts of eternal reality. But ye can see it only through the lens of Time, in a little clear picture, through the inverted telescope. . . . For every attempt to see the shape of eternity except through the lens of Time destroys your knowledge of Freedom. Witness the doctrine of Predestination which shows (truly enough) that eternal reality is not waiting for a future in which to be real; but at the price of removing Freedom which is the deeper truth of the two. And wouldn’t Universalism do the same? Ye cannot know eternal reality by a definition. Time itself, and all acts and events that fill Time, are the definition, and it must be lived.” —C. S. Lewis, The Great Divorce
“You would not have called to me unless I had been calling to you,” said the Lion. —C. S. Lewis, The Silver Chair
I wonder what has happened. Are you ill—or away—or simply lazy? However, as you wrote to me so perseveringly during my silence (tho’ you must allow that mine was foretold and unavoidable) I will continue to write during yours: and also to prevent a bad habit of silence setting in on both sides. —The Collected Letters of C. S. Lewis, vol. 1
I love real mice. There are lots in my rooms in College but I never have set a trap. When I sit up late working they poke their heads out from behind the curtains just as if they were saying, “Hi! Time for you to go to bed. We want to come out and play.” —C. S. Lewis, The Collected Letters of C. S. Lewis, vol. 3
C. S. Lewis on miracles
Nothing can seem extraordinary until you have discovered what is ordinary. Belief in miracles, far from depending on an ignorance of the laws of nature, is only possible in so far as those laws are known. —C.S. Lewis, Miracles
Miracles do not, in fact, break the laws of nature. —C.S. Lewis, Miracles
For this reason, the question [of] whether miracles occur can never be answered simply by experience. Every event which might claim to be a miracle is, in the last resort, something presented to our senses, something seen, heard, touched, smelled, or tasted. And our senses are not infallible. If anything extraordinary seems to have happened, we can always say that we have been the victims of an illusion. If we hold a philosophy that excludes the supernatural, this is what we always shall say. What we learn from experience depends on the kind of philosophy we bring to experience. It is therefore useless to appeal to experience before we have settled, as well as we can, the philosophical question. —C. S. Lewis, Miracles
C. S. Lewis on grief, pain, suffering, and trials
We were promised sufferings. They were part of the program. We were even told, ‘Blessed are they that mourn,’ and I accept it. I’ve got nothing that I hadn’t bargained for. Of course, it is different when the thing happens to oneself, not to others, and in reality, not imagination. —C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed
God allows us to experience the low points of life in order to teach us lessons that we could learn no other way. —C. S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain
Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world. —C. S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain
God, who foresaw your tribulation, has specially armed you to go through it, not without pain but without stain. —C. S. Lewis, Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis
Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also more hard to bear. The frequent attempt to conceal mental pain increases the burden: it is easier to say “My tooth is aching” than to say “My heart is broken.” —C. S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain
The real problem is not why some pious, humble, believing people suffer but why some do not. —C. S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain
79:9 The psalmist’s appeal to the glory of God’s name evokes all the Lord’s previous saving activity on behalf of his people. Moses served as a mediator following the golden calf incident (Ex 32) and prayed for forgiveness for the people so Yahweh’s name and reputation among the nations would be glorified. The divine name, characterized by mercy and compassion coupled with holiness and judgment, provides the basis to atone (“wipe off, cleanse, cover”; see note at 65:3) Judah’s iniquities (78:36–39).
79:9for the glory of your name Israel will praise God after He rescues them. Then Israel’s proclamation of His goodness will strengthen His reputation.
forgive our sins The psalmist asks that God not hold Israel’s sin against them. See Ps 78:38 and note.
for the sake of your name The psalmist pleads that God defend His reputation by delivering His people. See 91:14 and note.
79:9atone for our sins. Usually it takes a sacrifice to effect “atonement”; but here, the temple is no more (v. 1), so this is likely a metaphorical use of the word, meaning “forgiveness.” This helps to show that the OT does not suppose that somehow God’s hands are tied and he can only effect forgiveness through the sacrifices; the companion idea, that the sacrifices do not work “automatically,” without respect to the worshiper’s faith, is also crucial to the OT.
79:9 Ultimate salvation and the glorification of God’s name come through Christ (John 13:31–32; 17:1–5).
79:9 forgive. See Ps 65:3. for Your name’s sake. A defeat of a nation was believed to be a defeat of its god. A mark of spiritual maturity is one’s concern for the reputation of God.
79:9 — Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of Your name; and deliver us, and provide atonement for our sins, for Your name’s sake!
When we pray about something for the sake of God’s name, we urge Him to act in order to defend His reputation, to make His glory known, to honor Him, and to let others see His majesty and greatness.
9. “Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of thy name.” This is masterly pleading. No argument has such force as this. God’s glory was tarnished in the eyes of the heathen by the defeat of his people, and the profanation of his temple; therefore, his distressed servants implore his aid, that his great name may no more be the scorn of blaspheming enemies. “And deliver us, and purge away our sins, for thy name’s sake.” Sin,—the root of the evil—is seen and confessed; pardon of sin is sought as well as removal of chastisement, and both are asked not as matters of right, but as gifts of grace. God’s name is a second time brought into the pleading. Believers will find it their wisdom to use very frequently this noble plea: it is the great gun of the battle, the mightiest weapon in the armoury of prayer.
Ver. 9. Help us, O God of our salvation.—The highest Divine title, and the highest human privilege:—
I. The highest Divine title. “God of our salvation.” God in creation appears transcendently great; but in salvation we see—
1. A higher kind of power: moral power; the power to manage, master, and mould free rebellious intelligences.
2. A higher love. The love of compassion, forbearance, forgiveness.
II. The highest human privilege. To be saved involves the restoration of—
1. A lost moral life.
2. Lost harmony.
3. Lost usefulness. (Homilist.)
A nation’s prayer in time of distress:—
I. The petition itself.
1. It is very fit for nations under heavy pressures and calamities to confess their sins to God publicly.
2. It is very proper for such an afflicted nation to pray earnestly to God for help and deliverance.
II. The motive or argument used.
1. By the Name of God, in Scripture, is frequently to be understood God Himself in all His excellences, attributes and perfections; and the glory of His name is the rendering those perfections conspicuous and observable; so that to move God for His name’s sake, or the glory of His name, is to move Him, that the effects of His Divine attributes may be made visible and illustrious in the sight of men, so that they may be had in just esteem and veneration.
2. What particular reasons the Jewish nation had to petition God, to glorify those His attributes on their behalf.
(1) As they were a nation selected from the rest of the world, and made the peculiar people of God.
(2) As the people of the Jews were politically united to God, their Sovereign in a national bond, or covenant, so He expressed Himself frequently to have a particular kindness for them, giving them many repeated promises of establishing their govemment and the succession of their kings in the royal line of David to perpetual generations.
3. Inquire what general encouragement there is for other nations to address to God upon the same motive. And the encouragement is sufficient, in that God has upon occasions declared by His holy prophets that He is not a little concerned for His own honour, He would have His name known and published in all the world, He would have that honour given to Him, which is due unto His name, to all His names; for He is styled in Scripture by many names, not only with respect to His essence, and existence, but also to His supereminent attributes and properties.
4. Inquire, as far as it is fit for us, upon what occasions, and at what seasons it may be proper for a nation to use this motive in their addresses to God.
(1) When the existence and providence of God is called in question, denied by some, and exposed and profaned by others.
(2) When they themselves or others, whom common humanity and Christian charity oblige to commiserate, lie under great oppressions; in this case men may confidently apply themselves to God, for the sake of His honour and for His holy name.
1. If Almighty God have such a respect to the honour of His name, as to accept the addresses that are made to Him upon that motive, it is a great encouragement to us to make use of it upon all occasions; especially upon occasion of using some extraordinary offices of devotion.
2. Let us be careful that we do not as publicly dishonour Him by our sins as we pretend publicly to honour Him by our devotions. (Bp. Gardiner.)
Deliver us, and purge away our sins.—Sins forgiven for Jesu’s sake:—
There is an old book in Paris called the “Chancellerie Book.” It is like our own “Doomsday Book,” in which all the records are inscribed—all the records of William the Conqueror’s division of the land of England. The Chancellerie Book does likewise for France. It has the record of the cities, towns, and villages, with the amount of taxes to be paid by each. As you turn over the old pages of that book, you come to “Domremy,” and, behold! there are no taxes to be paid by Domremy. Across the page there is written in bold writing, “Free, for the maid’s sake.” No taxes for the sake of Joan of Arc, the heroine who flung the English out. Ah, me! when those books are opened when the Lord takes His place on the great white throne, and He comes to my life on earth, behold! across the otherwise condemning page there is written, with letters of His own atoning blood, “Sins forgiven for His name’s sake.”
Man’s need of cleansing from sin met in Christ:—
A rough parable of Luther, grafted on an older legend, runs somewhat in this fashion:—A man’s heart is like a foul stable. Wheelbarrows and shovels are of little use, except to remove some of the surface filth, and to litter all the passages in the process. What is to be done with it? “Turn the Elbe into it,” says he. The flood will sweep away all the pollution. Not my own efforts, but the influx of that pardoning, cleansing grace which is in Christ will wash away the accumulation of years, and the ingrained evil which has stained every part of my being. We cannot cleanse ourselves.
9. The appeal rests on God’s character (as God of our salvation) and his good name, much as in Ezekiel 36, where the highest of blessings are promised in terms not even of compassion but of God’s self-consistency and honour. It is strong ground.
9. Help us, O God of our salvation! They again repeat in this verse, that whatever afflictions they endured were to be traced to the anger of God, and that they could have no comfort under them unless He were reconciled to them. Being deeply sensible that they had committed many transgressions, to strengthen their hope of obtaining pardon, they employ a variety of expressions. In the first place, as an argument to induce God to show them favour, they address him as the God of their salvation. In the second place, they testify that they bring nothing of their own to influence him to have mercy upon them; and that the only plea which they present before him is his own glory. From this we learn, that sinners are not reconciled to God by satisfactions or by the merit of good works, but by a free and an unmerited forgiveness. The observation which I have made a little before, and which I have explained more at length on the sixth psalm, is here to be kept in mind,—That when God visits us with the rod, instead of being merely desirous to be relieved from external chastisements, our chief concern ought to be to have God pacified towards us: nor should we follow the example of foolish sick persons, who are anxious to have merely the symptoms of their disease removed, and make no account of being delivered from the source and cause of it. With respect to the word כפר, chapper, which expositors translate, Be merciful, or propitious, I have had an opportunity of speaking in another place. It properly signifies to cleanse, or expiate, and is applied to sacrifices. Whenever, therefore, we desire to obtain the favour of God, let us call to remembrance the death of Christ; for “without shedding of blood is no remission,” (Heb. 9:22.)
Ver. 9.—Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of thy Name. The calamities suffered have not extinguished all faith or hope. God is still the God of Israel’s salvation, i.e. the God from whom alone salvation can be obtained and may be expected. He is entreated to come to Israel’s aid, not for their sakes, as they are wholly undeserving, but for his own glory (comp. Exod. 32:12; Numb. 14:13; Deut. 9:28; and 32:27). And deliver us, and purge away our sins; literally, make atonement for our sins (Exod. 30:15); i.e. “cancel them” (Cheyne), or “forgive them” (Hengstenberg, Kay). For thy Name’s sake (comp. Pss. 23:3; 25:11; 34:3; Ezek. 36:22).
79:9 God our Savior. Literally, “God of our salvation,” a slightly different nuance than the NIV, since “Savior” is an appellation that stresses his identity, while “salvation” puts the emphasis on his activity. While the difference is subtle, it is God’s actions (“help us” and “deliver us”) that the psalmist prays for.
forgive our sins. It is very clear that “salvation” here carries the meaning of deliverance from sin, not merely deliverance from a political or personal crisis (see Jer. 31:34). Psalm 78:38 recalls that God has done precisely that in the past, and now the writer of Psalm 79 prays this prayer for his generation.
for your name’s sake. See the sidebar, “For His Name’s Sake,” in the unit on Psalm 23. Appealing to God’s name was equivalent to invoking his presence. Deuteronomy has a strong “Name” theology (e.g., Deut. 12:5, 11, 21).
Help us, O God our Saviour, for the glory of your name; deliver us and forgive our sins for your name’s sake (v. 9). While ‘the fathers’ had sinned, so also had those in exile. Hence the request for forgiveness, though the appeal is not for their sake. The only basis the psalmist could plead was that it would be for God’s honour and for his name’s sake (cf. Dan. 9:19; see introductory comment on this psalm). He knew that the only source of deliverance would be from the one he calls ‘our Saviour’.
9 Hope rises to a new height in the prayer for help. Hope looks to God as “our Savior.” He is the deliverer of his children, i.e., those who are his by covenant. But his children have to submit themselves to their heavenly Father as they await his salvation. They appealed to his glorious name (“the glory of your name”), which he had revealed to Israel. Similarly, Moses had appealed to the glorious name Yahweh as the ground for patience with sinful Israel (Nu 14:13–19).
In and through the darkness of judgment, hope remains in God’s promise that he will never abandon his plan of redemption. Redemption has here two aspects: deliverance from the enemies (vindication) and forgiveness for sins (cf. v. 8). The sins are not only those of the forefathers (cf. v. 8) but also those of the present generation (“our sins”). The solidarity of the people in the present and with their past requires that all sins be forgiven. Then the Lord may act graciously. His grace is not conditioned by people’s righteous acts or piety but only “for [his] name’s sake” (cf. 20:1). His honor as the covenantal God guarantees that he will be faithful, even when people are not.
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Christianity is not a passive or purely academic religion. God’s Word calls us to action and investigation concerning all truth claims: “Examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil” (1 Thessalonians 5:21–22).
“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.” Revelation 4:11
Sometimes we wonder if we deserve the good things we receive from others: the attention, the adoration, the awards. Our interior motivation does not always match the projected external image.
Not so with God.
Scripture tells us that God deserves our worship. In fact, God’s character and actions entitle him to all the power and glory and honor that exists.
The book of Revelation provides two of the reasons for God’s worthiness.
God deserves our praise because of his position as Creator, as seen in the verse above. Paul tells us, “For by [Christ] all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him”(Colossians 1:16). God not only created visible things like mountains, animals, and people; he also created invisible things like angels, gravity, and our souls. The beauty, complexity, and vastness of creation call us to worship the infinite One who made and sustains it all.
We find another explanation of God’s worth in Revelation 5:9:“Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.” Jesus is qualified to judge the world (the seals reveal God’s judgment) because through his righteous life and death he redeemed humankind. Jesus’ sacrifice makes him worthy.
Our only reasonable response to such power and love is worship. Yet, God allows us to choose whether we will do so or not.
Lord God, I join elders, angels, and indeed every creature in heaven and earth, who in the end will say, “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, forever and ever!” (Revelation 5:13)
As you look around you, worship and praise the Creator who has provided for all our needs in wonderful ways and is also preparing us for a new, sinless creation whose glory and beauty is beyond anything we can imagine.
Be on Your Guard after Great Successes Genesis 9:20–21; 19:30–38; 2 Samuel 11:1–4; 1 Kings 11:1–8
There are critical times of danger. After great services, honours, and consolations, we should stand upon our guard. Noah, Lot, David, Solomon, fell in these circumstances. Satan is a robber: A robber will not attack a man in going to the bank, but in returning with his pocket full of money.
Ritzema, E. (Ed.). (2012). 300 Quotations for Preachers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
“The Image of Christ Will Never Be Effaced” Luke 6:23; Revelation 20:4–6
I am no dreamer, but I maintain this for certain, that the image of Christ will never be effaced. They [his enemies] have wished to destroy it, but it shall be painted afresh in all hearts by much better preachers than myself. The nation that loves Christ will rejoice at this. And I, awaking from among the dead, and rising, so to speak, from my grave, shall leap with great joy.
Ritzema, E., & Brant, R. (Eds.). (2013). 300 quotations for preachers from the Medieval church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. Therefore, as beloved children of God, we are now commanded not to have any fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness. Paul has already mentioned some of these deeds of darkness earlier in chapters 4 and 5. Therefore, “If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.” Light and darkness are incompatible.
How can we bear witness for the God of light when we ourselves walk in darkness or engage in the deeds of darkness or even associate with them? Such hypocrisy ruins not only the reputation of those claiming to be Christians, but gives occasion for unbelievers to blaspheme the God of light and brings shame upon the name of Christ and His Church.
Notice, the command in verse 11 has a second part “but rather expose them.” The deeds of darkness must be exposed. We are not to be silent bystanders. Why? As it says in verse 14, that those asleep in the deeds of darkness must be called to repent of their evil ways that they may turn and live. It is our hope and prayer that sinners engaged in the unfruitful deeds of darkness may come to know the saving grace of God through Christ Jesus; that they too may be light-bearers of the God of light to the praise and glory of His Name.
Suggestions for prayer
Pray that we may more and more put to death the deeds of darkness and walk in the light as imitators of the God of light.
Rev. Henry Van Olst felt called to the ministry at the age of 32 after 12 years of working in the accounting field. He served the Parkland Reformed Church (URC) of Ponoka, Alberta from 1993 to 2005; served in several other churches, and upon retirement in 2020 moved back to Ponoka, Alberta along with his wife Mary, to be closer to their four married children and fifteen grandchildren. Rev. Van Olst remains active in preaching and teaching as the church is currently vacant. This daily devotional is also available in a print edition you can buy at Nearer to God Devotional.
The Babylon Bee is in fact a satirical site and not a “far-right misinformation” one that “feuded” with Facebook and fact-checkers, The New York Times has finally conceded after being threatened with a defamation lawsuit.
“This is huge. The NY Times was using misinformation to smear us as being a source of it,” Bee CEO Seth Dillon tweeted on Monday, calling it “malicious” behavior.
“We pushed back hard and won. Thanks to everyone who voiced and offered their support. We don’t have to take this nonsense lying down. Remember that,” Dillon added.
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An article about Facebook censorship of irony in March, authored by the Times’ tech reporter Mike ‘Rat King’ Isaac, described the Bee as a “far-right misinformation site” that sometimes trafficked in fake news disguised as satire to avoid censorship from Big Tech. It was the only example offered, too.
After the initial complaint from Dillon, the Times edited the article to say that the Bee, “a right-leaning satirical site, has feuded with Facebook and the fact-checking site Snopes over whether the site published misinformation or satire.” That, too, was wrong.
We objected to this pretty strongly, so @MikeIsaac removed the sentence that said we trafficked in misinformation. In its place, he put an update that said we'd feuded with @snopes and @Facebook about whether we're misinformation or satire. But that wasn't true, either.
“The update is every bit as damaging (and false) as the original,” Dillon tweeted at the time, and explained that Snopes has actually retracted their insinuation about the Bee’s motives, and even created a whole new label for satire. Snopes has also discontinued their fact-checking partnership with Facebook, in early 2019.
A correction dated June 10 – of which the Times notified the Bee on Friday – now says the earlier version of the article “imprecisely” referred to the “right-leaning satirical website,” and that Facebook and Snopes have since dropped the claims the Bee ever trafficked in misinformation.
This latest correction, however, no longer mentions the Bee as an example of a far-right misinformation site that pretends to be doing satire. And it notes that neither Snopes nor Facebook maintain that we're misinformation. pic.twitter.com/MSsxgrWrnH
The partial retraction is a victory of sorts for the satirical outlet, but the original Times story remains up, even though it had offered the Bee as the sole example of “far-right misinformation” allegedly giving benevolent social media censors headaches.
The Bee has often found itself a target of heavy-handed response by Big Tech and ‘fact-checkers’ to its jokes. In September 2020, USA Today ‘fact-checked’ their story about Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, only to conclude it was satire.
On at least two occasions, however, crackdowns followed attacks on the Bee in The New York Times. In April, as Dillon and his coworkers fought against the defamatory claim in Isaac’s article, Facebook demonetized the Bee’s page over a joke about rioters, for “promoting crime.”
Something similar happened in October 2020. Just four days after the Times accused the Bee of being a site that “capitalizes on confusion” and has a “habit of skirting the line between misinformation and satire,” Facebook demonetized their page for “inciting violence.” The culprit? A story lampooning Senator Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) with a witch-hunting joke from ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail.’
Feeding fairy tales to American citizens is the modus operandi of Washington D.C. The latest on the economic front is a real doozy. When the (unconstitutional) Fed counterfeits dollars, it ultimately results in a rise in prices for goods and services. Americans suffer a lower standard of living by being forced to buy less with the dollars that they worked for. Does this immoral process sound like it’s ‘good for society’ to you?
President Joe Biden has taken his gaffes over to Merrie England for a spell.
I’m fantastic with that, normally. Take him off our hands for a little while. The problem is that it was Biden’s first visit as president to one of our closest allies. It was also the occasion of the G-7 summit, the meeting of the world’s most industrialized countries, and he’d be meeting members of the British royal family, as well.
In other words, the stakes were pretty high. I’d have had preferred him to dip a toe into the waters first. Maybe he could have, say, visited with English Premier League champions Manchester City and asked who played quarterback.
But alas, these are the cards we’ve been dealt as the American people, so we get to sit back and watch as Biden gaffes his way through a country where the media isn’t necessarily so predisposed to cover for him.
Take Sunday, as U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson was introducing non-Group of Seven leaders who had just joined the proceedings in Cornwall, including South Korean President Moon Jae-in and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.
After Johnson finished introducing Moon, Biden broke in: “And the president of South Africa!”
Johnson — who appeared genuinely flustered as opposed to the mock-fluster he’ll often affect — responded, “And, and, and, and the president of South Africa, as, as, as, as I said, early on.”
Biden, meanwhile, pumped his fists as Johnson stumbled through this. Then, as Johnson got to the end, Biden said: “Oh, he did, that’s right.”
“I certainly did,” Johnson said, still stammering.
“You get a mention twice, Cyril,” someone off-camera said. Everyone laughed at Biden. Biden laughed, too, not realizing the old playground dictum: They’re laughing at you, not with you.
Boris Johnson insists to Joe Biden that he already introduced the president of South Africa to a G7 meeting.
According to News24, a South African outlet, Biden promised to divert some of the 500 million Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines being distributed worldwide by his administration to South Africa. Ramaphosa had better hope he remembers it.
Meanwhile, consider this: Johnson is lambasted by the press in the U.K. for being gaffe-prone. In fact, Johnson has created a persona around this — a lovable, bumbling sort, something Biden has yet to master. Whatever the case, consider the ugly realizations the Brits must have come to about our new president when Johnson had to correct him on this gaffe.
Furthermore, I was a bit taken aback by the fact this was the Biden gaffe of the day for Sunday. In the office pool, I had him breaking royal protocol during tea at Windsor Castle with Queen Elizabeth II. Yet, as The New York Times reported, “there were no obvious diplomatic breaches” during the visit with the queen.
That was the subheadine, which tells you a little bit about the expectations for Biden. In fact, the only breach of royal protocol by a U.S. head of state The Times’ article mentioned was when then-President Donald Trump walked in front of the queen in 2018.
It didn’t mention that Biden had apparently broken protocol himself just days earlier when his entourage arrived five minutes after the queen did on Friday. Royal etiquette dictates all parties arrive before the monarch.
And then to begin the trip, Biden gave a speech on Wednesday in which he called the U.K.-U.S. military alliance the “strongest military and political alliance in the history of the world.”
Unfortunately, he also called Britain’s Royal Air Force the “RFA” during a speech at an RAF airbase that was intended to salute to the countries’ shared history.
“These partnerships have hardened, and have been hardened, in the fire of war. Generations of Americans and service members fought them. Like the original Bloody Hundredth and those RFA pilots,” Biden said during the speech at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk, according to U.K. Daily Mail.
Yes, he was so up on the “strongest military and political alliance in the history of the world” that he didn’t know the initials of the Royal Air Force.
Again, most of this stuff didn’t get much coverage over here — certainly not the kind of coverage that Donald Trump’s solecisms overseas got.
First impressions matter, though. If the British people had gotten a sampling of some of Biden’s gaffery from afar, this week has taught them just how often the gaucheries fall out of his mouth. Now they know how bad it is: Even Boris Johnson is correcting him.
The cover-up of the probability that COVID-19 was deliberately created in the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) has had profound consequences for the entire world, preventing early detection and countermeasures, as well as derailing informed research.
One key element of that cover-up was the hiding of the fact that the Wuhan lab was working on bats, because the virus was a variant of an existing bat-borne virus. The cover story, that a wet market led to the dispersal of COVID-19, would have looked awfully weak had it been known that the WIV was creating new viruses from bats. Both the World Health Organization and Peter Daszak, who acted as an investigator for WHO, outright denied that the WIV had live bats in its research facility.
Australian journalist Sheri Markson has come into possession of stunning video from China uncovered by an underground research group that calls itself “Drastic” that shows live bats at the WIV and much, much more. The newly uncovered video was produced by the Chinese Academy of Sciences in May 2017 commemorating the opening of WIV.
I have embedded Ms. Markson’s 16-minute video report for Sky News on the video discovery below, but for now, consider her tweet showing Daszak’s lie:
World Health Organisation investigator Peter Daszak initially denied there were bats at the WIV in this now deleted tweet. In another tweet he called it a conspiracy theory. pic.twitter.com/E0J9bmxrbT
An official Chinese Academy of Sciences video to mark the launch of the new biosafety level 4 laboratory in May 2017 speaks about the security precautions that are in place if “an accident” occurs and reveals there had been “intense clashes” with the French Government during the construction of the laboratory. The video shows bats being held in a cage at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, along with vision of a scientist feeding a bat with a worm. The 10 minute video is titled “The construction and research team of Wuhan P4 laboratory of Wuhan Institute of Virology, Chinese Academy of Sciences” and features interviews with its leading scientists. The World Health Organisation report investigating the origin of the pandemic failed to mention that any bats had been kept at the Wuhan Institute of Virology and only its annex referred to animals being housed there.
She notes that Daszak has now changed his tune — from his earlier absolute denial:
In one tweet dated December, 2020 he said: “No BATS were sent to Wuhan lab for genetic analysis of viruses collected in the field. That’s now how this science works. We collect bat samples, send them to the lab. We RELEASE bats where we catch them!” In another tweet, dated December 11, 2020, he said: “This is a widely circulated conspiracy theory. This piece describes work I’m the lead on and labs I’ve collaborated with for 15 years. They DO NOT have live or dead bats in them. There is no evidence anywhere that this happened. It’s an error I hope will be corrected.” This month, Daszak appeared to retract his earlier denials and admitted the Wuhan Institute of Virology may have housed bats but admitted he had not asked them.
Her report for Sky News also mentions the highly suspicious deleting of the WIV archives from the internet on the grounds of “hacking” and that WHO investigators never even asked to see them.
I rarely recommend readers watch such a long video, but this is an exception:
Ms. Markson is way ahead of the rest of the world’s journalists on this story — a story whose importance dwarfs that of other news, because the world has been turned upside-down, millions have died, countless businesses have been closed and lives upended by a virus whose origins have been deliberately obscured by people with, as Markson notes, serious conflicts of interest (to put it mildly).
Humpback whale swallows US lobsterman alive and then spits him out US lobsterman named Michael Packard has taken to his Facebook page to share a frightening incident, describing how he escaped after being swallowed by a humpback whale. Yes, you read that right! Michael Packard revealed that he was diving when he ended up in the marine giant’s mouth for about 30-40 seconds. The incident took place in Cape Cod in Massachusetts, USA.
Intense heat expected to hit larger area of San Diego County An emerging heat wave will have a broader impact on greater San Diego than anticipated, pushing temperatures across inland valleys to 103 and possibly lifting the mercury to 120 in Borrego Springs and Ocotillo Wells. The National Weather Service says an excessive heat warning will be in effect from 10 a.m. Monday to 5 p.m. on Friday for the county’s mountains and deserts.
Syria: Missile attack on Hospital, 13 killed including 2 health workers A missile attack on a Syrian hospital has killed 13 people and injured many others. Rights activists and support groups have given this information. While it is not yet clear who was behind the attack, the attacks were carried out from locations where government troops and Kurdish fighters are stationed.
Exceptional western US heat wave to bring days of dangerously high temperatures The magnitude of the heat expected across the western United States through the coming week will be one for the record books, according to forecasters. And it’s not just how hot it will get that will set this particular heat wave apart from others the region has frequently endured in the past — it’s how long it will last. … The hot pattern could set dozens of new daily record highs through the middle of June,
Atlantic Basin heating up as western Caribbean shows signs of tropical activity Through the upcoming week, the potential exists for the Atlantic Basin’s second named storm of the season as conditions become marginally conducive for tropical development. If this area of disturbed weather were to consolidate and strengthen into a tropical storm later this week, the next name on the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season list is Bill.
Scorching heat to spill into Plains this week As much of the West sizzles under a dangerous heat wave, the heat will also continue spill into the Plains through the week. Triple-digit temperatures can expand northward all the way to the Dakotas again at times, but forecasters say some relief may be on the horizon. Most of the central and northern Plains have been no stranger to heat so far this June. “After a scorching start to the month of June, the heat will continue across parts of the Dakotas and Minnesota heading this week,”
Judge halts Biden administration’s no-whites-allowed farmer debt relief program Wisconsin judge has suspended a Biden administration program that funneled debt relief exclusively to nonwhite farmers after the program was the target of a lawsuit by a conservative group and a coalition of farmers. Judge William Griesbach of Wisconsin’s Eastern District issued the temporary stay Thursday following a lawsuit filed in April by the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty.
‘Touch The Ballots, Go To Jail’: AZ Lawmaker Warns Biden AG As Audit Showdown Brews An Arizona state Senator has warned US Attorney General Merrick Garland that he’ll ‘spend time in prison’ if he interferes with the 2020 post-election audit, after Garland announced on Friday that the Justice Department will look into whether any federal laws were broken – and claimed the state was employing ‘abnormal’ methods. State Rep. Wendy Rogers pushed back, tweeting: “You will not touch Arizona ballots or machines unless you want to spend time in an Arizona prison,” adding “Maybe you should focus on stopping terrorism.”
White House says G7 rally around need to “counter and compete” with China G7 leaders rallied around the need to “counter and compete” with China on challenges ranging from safeguarding democracy to technology race. On China, the G7 meeting was “a significant move forward from where the G7 has ever been before and reflects a growing convergence that wasn’t there a few years ago,”
Swastika discovered on ark at Frankfurt airport synagogue A swastika was found scrawled on the ark at a synagogue at the Frankfurt International Airport in Germany Friday, according to the German publication Bild. It is unclear when the swastika was drawn, as the airport synagogue has been closed for several months due to the pandemic. The swastika was discovered less than a week after a fire was set outside a synagogue in Ulm, about 70 miles northwest of Munich, in what police suspect was an attempted arson attack. The vandalism comes on the heels of a wave of antisemitism following the conflict in Israel and Gaza last month and at a time when some European Jews are saying the fight against antisemitism in Europe is one that cannot be won.
Netanyahu picks fight with Biden in final speech as prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu compared US President Joe Biden administration’s planned return to the Iran deal to US neglect of European Jews during the Holocaust, in his final speech as prime minister on Sunday. “The administration in Washington asked me not to discuss our disagreement on Iran publicly, but with all due respect, I can’t do that,” Netanyahu said. He compared the US returning to the Iran deal to former US president Franklin Delano Roosevelt declining to bomb the train tracks to Auschwitz when he had the chance.
Naftali Bennett sworn in as Israel’s prime minister, ends Netanyahu’s reign Benjamin Netanyahu’s record-breaking term as prime minister ended on Sunday night when the Knesset voted to approve the new government formed by Yamina leader Naftali Bennett and Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid. The new government passed at 8:55 with the support of 60 MKs, while 59 opposed it. Ra’am (United Arab List) MK Saeed Alharomi abstained.
Perseverance rover begins first science mission in Mars’ Jezero Crater After a pretty eventful start to life on Mars that has included capturing the first ever audio recordings on the planet, producing the first ever oxygen on another world and supporting the Ingenuity helicopter throughout its history-making flights, NASA’s Perseverance rover is ready to get down to business. The robot has now departed its landing site for the Jezero Crater to begin its primary science mission, where it will comb an old lakebed in a search for signs of ancient microbial life.
Particle seen switching between matter and antimatter at CERN A subatomic particle has been found to switch between matter and antimatter, according to Oxford physicists analyzing data from the Large Hadron Collider. It turns out that an unfathomably tiny weight difference between two particles could have saved the universe from annihilation soon after it began. Antimatter is kind of the “evil twin” of normal matter, but it’s surprisingly similar – in fact, the only real difference is that antimatter has the opposite charge. That means that if ever a matter and antimatter particle come into contact, they will annihilate each other in a burst of energy.
43% of millennials ‘don’t know, don’t care, don’t believe’ God exists: study The American Worldview Inventory 2021, a survey of the philosophy of life on American adults from Arizona Christian University, assessed the worldviews of four generations: millennials (born 1984-2002), Gen X (1965-1983), baby boomers (1946-1964) and builders (1927-1945). In fact, this radical spiritual revolution has created a generation seeking a reimagined world without God, the Bible, or churches,” they wrote.
French President Macron says US is ‘definitely’ back, welcomes Biden to ‘the club’ The warmth between President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron continued to be on full display on day two of the G-7 summit in Cornwall, England, on Saturday — with the leaders sitting down for a one-on-one beachside bilateral meeting and Macron agreeing that America is “definitely” back. “I think that what you demonstrate is that leadership is partnership,” Macron said, adding that he appreciates Biden’s commitment.
Attempted terrorist attack stopped at Kalandiya checkpoint near Jerusalem A 28-year-old Palestinian woman was killed by security forces at the Kalandiya checkpoint on Saturday after police said she ignored several warnings to stop. Police said she ran at security forces with a knife in her hand and continued her approach even as she was warned to stop several times by the security forces. A civilian security guard then opened fire, killing Ka’abne. …she had spent two years in jail between 2016 and 2018 after attempting to carry out a similar attack at the same checkpoint.
Ahead of flag march, Hamas warns of war over Israeli actions in Jerusalem Senior Hamas official Moussa Abu Marzouk said that “striking all of Israel’s cities” is still an option for the terror group in response to Israeli actions in Jerusalem or other locations, the Kan public broadcaster reported Sunday. The warning from Marzouk, a member of Hamas’s politburo, came just ahead of a contentious march by Jewish right-wing nationalists scheduled to be held through parts of Jerusalem’s Old City.
Nobel Winner: Artificial Intelligence Will Crush Humans, “It’s Not Even Close” Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman had a fairly hot take on the matter: In the battle between AI and humans, he said, it’s going to be an absolute blowout — and humans are going to get creamed. “Clearly AI is going to win [against human intelligence]. It’s not even close,” Kahneman told the paper. “How people are going to adjust to this is a fascinating problem.” “There is going to be massive disruption. Technology is developing very rapidly, possibly exponentially. But people are linear. When linear people are faced with exponential change, they’re not going to be able to adapt to that very easily.”
IDF beefs up troop presence ahead of planned flag march The IDF has sent reinforcements to the West Bank as Palestinian groups warn against the controversial Flag March set to take place Tuesday in the Old City of Jerusalem. Border police troops have also been reinforced in Jerusalem’s Old City and the level of alert for Iron Dome batteries has been raised out of concern of violence including rocket fire from the Gaza Strip by Hamas or Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
Israel’s newest prime minister, Naftali Bennett, begins premiership Benjamin Netanyahu’s record-breaking term as prime minister ended on Sunday night when the Knesset voted to approve the new government formed by Yamina leader Naftali Bennett and Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid. The new government passed at 8:55 with the support of 60 MKs, while 59 opposed it. Ra’am (United Arab List) MK Saeed Alharomi abstained.
US assessing reported leak at Chinese nuclear power plant – report The United States government is assessing reports of a leak at a Chinese nuclear power plant, after warnings of an “imminent radiological threat”… Framatome…sent a letter to the US Department of Energy warning that the Chinese safety authority was raising the acceptable limits for radiation detection outside the Taishan Nuclear Power Plant…to avoid needing to shut it down, according to the report.
Hamas appoints new prime minister in Gaza As the new government was being sworn in in Israel, Hamas announced that its new prime minister assumed office in the Gaza Strip on Sunday. The new premier, Issam al-Da’alis, succeeded Dr. Mohammed Awad, who resigned after two years in the job. It was not clear why Awad submitted his resignation.
China denounces G7 after statement on Xinjiang and Hong Kong China has accused the G7 of “political manipulation” after it criticised Beijing over a range of issues. In a joint statement at the end of a three-day summit, leaders of the G7 countries urged China to “respect human rights and fundamental freedoms”. Issues highlighted included abuses against the Uyghur Muslim minority group and the crackdown on Hong Kong pro-democracy activists.
Significant heatwave developing over Europe after unusually cold spring orecast models suggest the first significant heat wave of the season is developing over Europe after an unusually cold spring affecting much of the continent. The heat is forecast to persist through the end of June, reaching 35 °C (95 °F) and more in some places. The first countries to feel the change will be northern Spain, entire France, and Germany…
8 Maine residents die after receiving two Wuhan coronavirus vaccine doses Eight individuals from the state of Maine have died after being fully vaccinated against the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19). The Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (MeCDC) confirmed the eight fatalities – which included people vaccinated while receiving end-of-life care. People who contract the Wuhan coronavirus 14 days after their final vaccine dose are counted as breakthrough cases.
COVID-19 Opening The Door To Communism In North America Yesterday was the first time that I wept sad tears for the country in which I was born. Not just because People’s Party of Canada leader Maxime Bernier was handcuffed and arrested by the RCMP on his way to a Winnipeg Lockdown Protest; not because the City of Victoria is cancelling out July 1st Canada Day celebrations
Second-hand side effects from the vaccine? We’re hearing horrific stories of side effects, not just from the COVID Vaccine, but simply from being around people who have gotten the shot. Is there a second-hand smoke effect, not for the injectees, but for those in close contact with them? Social media is reverberating with multiple stories of people, women in particular, who are getting unusual side effects from just being around people who have been injected.
Israel Scores a Very Rare Victory at the UN There is an old expression in journalism that “when a man bites a dog that is news.” When it comes to reporting on the United Nations’ treatment of Israel, the UN had one of its rare “man bites a dog” moments on June 7th when Israel was elected for first time to serve as a member of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
Pakistan government says unvaccinated will have SIM cards blockedPosted: 13 Jun 2021 06:35 PM PDT(ETH) – Punjab’s provincial government is turning to coercive measures to increase participation in its Covid-19 vaccination program, after unveiling plans to disable the SIM cards of people who decline to get jabbed.The extreme decision was made during a meeting of high-ranking civil and military officials chaired by Punjab Health Minister Yasmin Rashid. Rashid said that the policy would disable SIM cards belonging to those who fail to get vaccinated “beyond a certain time.” “We are doing all we can to compel people to get vaccinated…The government cannot allow individuals, who do not want to get vaccinated, to risk lives of those who are already vaccinated,” the health minister told Pakistan’s Express Tribune.Continue reading Pakistan government says unvaccinated will have SIM cards blocked at End Time Headlines.
A congressman and a senator, both veterans, invited their military brothers to speak out about Team Biden’s efforts to indoctrinate.
“Mr. Secretary,” said Senator Tom Cotton, “I have received, along with Congressman [Dan] Crenshaw, several hundred whistleblower complaints about Pentagon extremist and diversity training.”
Thus began the Arkansas Republican’s questioning of Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Thursday. “I just want to share a small selection of what your troops are saying,” Cotton continued. And the former Army infantry officer did just that.
One Marine told us that a military history training session was replaced with mandatory training on police brutality, white privilege, and systemic racism. He reported several officers are now leaving his unit, citing that training. Another service member told us that their unit was required to read White Fragility, by Robin DiAngelo, which claims, and this is a quote, “People raised in Western society are conditioned into a white supremacist worldview.”
A midshipman at the Naval Academy said classmates were calling America a “fundamentally racist place” and this sentiment is not contested by school administrators.
An airman told us that their unit was forced into a racist exercise called a “privilege walk,” where members of the wing were ordered to separate themselves by race and gender in order to stratify people based on their perceived privilege.
One African American officer disparagingly said, and I quote, “The Navy thinks my only value is as a black woman” and not the fact that she is a highly trained military specialist.
These complaints are the fruit of a whistleblower form that Cotton and Texas Republican Congressman Dan Crenshaw, himself a former Navy SEAL, posted to Crenshaw’s congressional website recently. “Enough is enough,” Crenshaw declared. “We won’t let our military fall to woke ideology. We have just launched a whistleblower webpage where you can submit your story.”
Cotton’s back-and-forth with Austin wasn’t contentious, but the senator got his points across. “Mr. Secretary, we’re hearing reports of plummeting morale, growing mistrust between the races and sexes where none existed just six months ago, and unexpected retirements and separations based on these trainings alone,” Cotton said. “And, again, these are not my words; these are the words of your own troops.”
Cotton pressed hard and interrupted frequently to draw out yes-or-no answers to straightforward questions, and to keep the secretary from running out the clock.
“Mr. Secretary,” asked Cotton, “do you believe that our military is a fundamentally racist organization? Yes or no, please.”
Austin replied, “I won’t give you a yes or no answer on that, Senator, because it deserves more than a yes or no. The military, like any organization, will have its challenges, but I do not believe it is a fundamentally racist organization.”
We’ll put the secretary down for a “No,” then, and we’ll see if his actions live up to his professed beliefs. Because the woke supremacist bureaucrats under his command — those who now insist that our warriors read books by the likes of Ibram X. Kendi and Robin DiAngelo — are clearly not of the same bent.
In his closing remarks, Cotton reminded Secretary Austin and his Senate colleagues that the U.S. Armed Forces have historically led the way in matters of equal opportunity. “The military has always been one of the most diverse institutions in our society where you can get ahead irrespective of the color of your skin, or who your parents are or where you came from,” he said. “And I’m glad that we agree on that. This is not about diversity in general, though; this is about a very specific kind of anti-American indoctrination that is seeping into some parts of our military based on the whistleblower complaints we have received.”
As we noted last month, our military has been set adrift by the ardent leftists in the White House and the Pentagon, and our Armed Forces are drifting dangerously away from their core mission of deterring war and ensuring our nation’s security.
It’s long past time that we correct course.
On a far brighter note, the U.S. Army celebrates its 246th birthday today. To our nation’s soldiers past and present: A heartfelt happy birthday, and Godspeed.
A radicalized Muslim, not “a gun,” murdered 49 people in an LGBT nightclub.
Using “Pride Month” as a political platform, Joe Biden promised to sign a bill enshrining an Orlando LGBT nightclub called Pulse as a national memorial. Calling it “hallowed ground,” Biden recalled that five years ago, 49 people were murdered and 53 others wounded by “gun violence” at the club. Pulse’s LGBT focus is why it was targeted by the perpetrator, a radicalized Islamist named Omar Mateen. But Biden chose instead to focus on guns and gays for political gain.
Recall that the Obama administration also sought to downplay the Islamist motive behind the attack, opaquely stating that “we do have suggestions that that individual may have leanings toward a particular ideology.” Barack Obama himself pushed against Islam being a motivating consideration behind the Pulse attack. “What exactly would using [the term ‘radical Islam’] accomplish?” he asked. “What exactly would it change?”
Now Biden is doing the same thing, certifying the site as a national memorial while obscuring the assailant’s true motives and instead blaming Americans’ right to bear arms.“Over the years, I have stayed in touch with families of the [Pulse] victims and with the survivors who have turned their pain into purpose, and who remind us that we must do more than remember victims of gun violence and all of the survivors, family members, and friends left behind; we must act,” Biden bloviated. “In the coming days, I will sign a bill designating Pulse Nightclub as a national memorial, enshrining in law what has been true since that terrible day five years ago: Pulse Nightclub is hallowed ground.”
Meanwhile, per the Biden administration’s directive for “Pride Month,” U.S. embassies across the globe have been flying the rainbow flag to “highlight the contributions of LGBTQI+ persons around the world.” However, some U.S. embassies in certain countries around the world have not been flying the rainbow flag. Why? Because they are Muslim-majority nations where same-sex activity is criminalized, and Team Biden certainly wouldn’t want to offend their sensibilities.
At the same time, at the U.S. embassy at the Vatican, no such concerns about offense are considered — the rainbow flag is flapping in the breeze, despite the Roman Catholic Church’s position against homosexuality and the fact that Joe Biden is supposedly a devout Catholic.
Some young people get it. As Hillsdale College student Haley Strack observes, “The only places the Biden administration is comfortable raising the pride flag are where LGBT folks are most protected, but confining pride to areas where it’s already accepted is just another example of hypocritical virtue-signaling from the Democrat executive.”
Once again, Biden’s strategic angle is to suggest that “guns in the hands of Americans” was the real problem that led to the Pulse nightclub attack. It’s a narrative he sought to ram home as he called on the Senate to pass a ban on “assault weapons” and to expand background checks. “It is long past time we close the loopholes that allow gun buyers to bypass background checks in this country, and the Senate should start by passing the three House-passed bills which would do exactly that,” Biden stated. “It is long past time we ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, establish extreme risk protection orders, also known as ‘red flag’ laws, and eliminate gun manufactures’ immunity from liability.”
Every one of those policies would infringe on the Second Amendment while doing nothing to stop evil men — including radicalized Islamists who think their actions are the “will of Allah” — from perpetrating murderous assaults on the innocent.
The USDA’s discrimination is bad, but unconstitutional giveaways are the root problem.
It’s “Jim Crow on steroids,” complained Joe Biden. President Unity was not, however, talking about his own administration’s efforts to segregate whites and blacks in the name of “equity,” but rather the Georgia law to bolster election integrity in that state. He’s wrong on both counts — about the Peach State law and about blocking whites from receiving government aid based solely on their skin color.
Under the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act passed earlier this year, Biden’s Department of Agriculture offered assistance to “socially disadvantaged” farmers and ranchers who are black, American Indian or Alaskan native, Hispanic or Latino, and Asian American or Pacific Islander. The USDA says those producers face “systemic discrimination” and therefore apparently deserve systemic favoritism.
Yet the USDA ran into a roadblock when Judge William Griesbach of Wisconsin’s Eastern District said that this discriminatory practice must stop. He ruled in favor of the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty, which filed suit in April on behalf of farmers in Wisconsin, as well as Arkansas, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Oregon, and South Dakota. Griesbach halted the $4 billion program, saying the plaintiffs “are likely to succeed on the merits of their claim” that they have been denied pandemic relief dollars simply because they’re white. Indeed, the USDA’s “use of race-based criteria in the administration of the program violates their right to equal protection under the law,” Griesbach said.
“The Court recognized that the federal government’s plan to condition and allocate benefits on the basis of race raises grave constitutional concerns and threatens our clients with irreparable harm,” said Rick Esenberg, president and general counsel for WILL. “The Biden administration is radically undermining bedrock principles of equality under the law.”
The ruling is good news, but this is only one of several efforts by the Biden administration to discriminate against whites with COVID relief money. Numerous white restaurant owners are fighting a similar legal battle to stop such racism in pandemic aid.
Of course, fighting blatant racial discrimination, perhaps especially that perpetrated by the federal government, is crucial to upholding true justice. But there’s another issue here that we may be considered old cranks for pointing out.
In 1794, James Madison, the author of our Constitution, said of similar aid money, “I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.” He also argued, “Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government.”
Few Americans, most of all our “representatives,” remember such wisdom, instead choosing to dole out dollars for votes in every single appropriation passed. Perhaps this is a lost cause. As the saying goes, that ship has sailed. But most of the reason our federal budget is now a proposed $6 trillion is because politicians of every stripe insist on spending taxpayer money on the very kind of charity our Founders said had no place in government.
It’s not a few farmers or restaurant owners that are causing the problem. It’s the politicians who trample our Constitution and burden future generations with the cost of their faux “generosity.”
Big Tech and Leftmedia giants are suppressing certain unapproved political views.
A look back at an NBC News story from December 21, 2011 — “How Dictators Keep Control” — shows us that those who punish independence in other countries do so with a specific agenda to marginalize, polarize, and silence free thought and expression. NBC focused on personalities of various dictators, such as Kim Jong-Il, Saddam Hussein, and Adolf Hitler, revealing common practices — propaganda, censorship, and the use of actions such as “shadow banning” and “deplatforming.” These same practices, transcending space and time, are the chief weapons of today’s leftist-run Big Tech, media, and government to silence critics, create a false narrative, and marginalize those who refuse to conform. It’s about power and tyranny.
Americans can clearly see that Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google, and Amazon are actively engaged in these tactics as they filter content depending on their “truth” as applied by their “standards,” which happen to be those of the political Left. These Big Tech giants are given special protections under federal law known as Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. The law was intended to offer protections to an Internet provider or user for removing content that is offensive, lewd, objectionable, harassing, or excessively violent, but it has become the catch-all excuse for suppressing certain political speech. Under Section 230, these social media tyrants hide their censorship behind virtue signaling.
These data companies advertise platforms for free speech and open discussion, but in truth they are monopolies that capture personal data for sale and profit. And they do it all while, as our Mark Alexander put it, “aggressively suppressing speech that does not comport with their leftist political agenda while simultaneously promoting that agenda.”
These monopolies should be carefully examined if not busted. Instead, they’re given free rein, even by those on the Center-Right who did not enact reform when they held power. Republicans are now being shut down in the area of public discussion because of lack of action.
Remember when news stories involving Hunter Biden were blocked and removed from social media sites just weeks prior to the November 2020 election? Those stories were extremely relevant to the choice voters faced, because they exposed his relationship with the communist Chinese along with his dad, who’s now our president. Remember when the House approved Articles of Impeachment against President Donald Trump based on the “Steele dossier” that was finally exposed as “officially debunked” by a 448-page investigative report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller? Unbelievably, campaign opposition research, paid for by the Hillary Clinton team, was spread around the Department of Justice, the FBI, and throughout the complicit media creating an echo chamber of citations that elevated political garbage to be treated as actionable intelligence.
Dezinformatsiya is the term coined by Joseph Stalin and the strategy employed by Soviet Russia via its KGB to undermine the truth for the purpose of control. The National Socialist German Workers’ Party (Nazi) propaganda machine was its Disinformation Service with its paper of record, Völkischer Beobachter, or the People’s Observer, that framed the Jewish people as the enemy of Germany leading to the extermination of over six million Jews.
In America, this is called “fact-checking” and “shadow banning.” The parroting of propaganda is also passed off as journalism dripping with bias, editorialism, and opinion rather than fact. And in the halls of power, those who dissent and challenge are silenced.
Sir Winston Churchill summed it up: “You see these dictators on their pedestals, surrounded by the bayonets of their soldiers and the truncheons of their police … yet in their hearts there is unspoken fear. They are afraid of words and thoughts: words spoken abroad, thoughts stirring at home — all the more powerful because forbidden — terrify them.”
“Pride Month” has become rife with Rainbow Mafia indoctrination directed at kids.
Just in time for Pride Month — an already dubious notion that one’s sexual preferences and/or gender “identities” should be officially celebrated — children’s TV network Nickelodeon released a video performed by drag queen Nina West “about the meaning of the rainbow Pride flag,” and proclaiming, “June is Pride Month, so let’s celebrate by lifting up voices in the LGBTQIA+ community!” While progressives everywhere are undoubtedly thrilled, less enthused Americans might ask themselves a simple question: Why is the Left intent on sexualizing young children?
As millions of Americans are aware, this video is merely the tip of the sexual indoctrination iceberg. Last year, Netflix released a movie call “Cuties” in which an 11-year-old girl and her friends were presented in a manner resembling soft-core porn. Not only was this effort praised, with Telegraph film critic Tim Robey calling it “a provocative powder-keg for an age terrified of child sexuality,” those who objected to highly sexual dance routines showing butt-shaking and crotch shots of children were dismissed by Slate columnist Sam Adams as obsessed conservatives at “the toxic intersection of QAnon delusion and right-wing moral panic, with a smattering of leftist outrage on the side.”
The reference to a QAnon delusion is key, in that it attempts to commingle legitimate moral concerns with a fringe element of Americans who believe the ranks of the elitist class in general, and Hollywood in particular, are filled with pedophiles.
Yet the entertainment industry does itself no favors. Columnist Warner Todd Huston compiled a list of 13 TV shows and characters promoting the LGBTQ agenda to young Americans, noting the homosexual rights group GLAAD “has spent years lobbying Hollywood studios to increase the representation of LGBTQ characters in various programing.” He continues, “The major TV networks, including Nickelodeon, PBS, Cartoon Network, and others, have joined that effort. Now nearly every TV series, animated or live-action, has added gay characters.”
Yet sexualizing children is not just about homosexual characters and not just about entertainment. “It’s hard to imagine,” writes Jennifer Bilek, “a civil rights movement so indelibly tied to the capitalist marketplace that it could be used to sell fashion, makeup, hormones, surgery, cosmetology services, movies, TV series, mental health treatment, and women’s underwear, while concurrently being invested in by billionaire philanthropists, the technology and pharmaceutical industries, major corporations, and banks.”
Bilek is referring to the transgender movement, which she insists “is looking more and more like Transgenderism™, when we look at the markets opening and its insidious presence in Hollywood.”
Again, markets and Hollywood are the tip of the iceberg. Transgenderism is being shoved down the throats of elementary school children all over America, and in one of the more egregious manifestations, the Loudoun County Public Schools in Virginia has moved from a policy promoting an equitable, safe, and inclusive working environment regardless of “sexual orientation [and] gender identity” to one where “students should be allowed to use the facility that corresponds to their gender identity.” Fourteen-year-old Jolene Grove — who would be forced to use the same locker room as 14-year-old boys “identifying” as girls — told a pathetically radicalized school board exactly what it needed to hear: “Everyone knows what a boy is — even you.”
Even Kamala Harris. “I’m the first VP who’s a girl, not a boy,” she told pre-schoolers in Washington, DC, last week.
Nonetheless, none of them care. In institutions controlled by leftists, progressive dogma — no matter how twisted — must prevail, and anyone who resists is “transphobic.”
Moreover, in a number of Democrat-controlled states, the transgender agenda transcends parental rights. In a chilling article titled “When the State Comes for Your Kids,” writer Abigail Shrier reveals the extent of such contemptible usurpation. In Washington, minors age 13 and up are entitled to admit themselves for inpatient and outpatient mental health treatment without parental consent, and insurers are forbidden from disclosing to the insured parents sensitive medical information of minor children, including gender dysphoria and gender “affirming” care. In Oregon, minors 15 and older can get puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and surgeries without parental consent, and in California the age limit for the same access is reduced to 12 and up for all children in foster care.
Shrier further documents the legions of social workers and mental health “experts” more than willing to reframe any number of psychological problems with which teens are struggling in terms of “sexual dysphoria” and more than willing to help children “emancipate” themselves from their parents in order to transition.
Harvard-educated lawyer Vernadette Broyles, president and founder of the Child and Parental Rights Campaign, refers to the “very deliberate and systemic erosion of parental rights” that often consists of concerned parents bringing a suicidal, trans-identifying teen to an emergency room, where, in turn, the ER gets a child services network involved.
One that will not return the child to her parents if they won’t allow the child’s transition to begin.
Columnist Mark Tapson clarifies what all of this is really about: “For the cultural Marxists in the Biden administration, ‘Pride Month’ is a time for raising the LGBT rainbow flag at embassies around the world to virtue-signal America’s commitment to divisive identity politics and to Karl Marx’s dream of abolishing the nuclear family.”
Those cultural Marxists also include BLM, which removed the following from the “What We Believe” section of its website: “We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and ‘villages’ that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable.”
Comfortable with what? Totalitarian control?
Moreover, those who think we’ve touched bottom may be surprised to learn that there are those advocating for the normalization of pedophilia. In a speech sponsored by TEDx (Technology, Entertainment, Design), speaker Madeleine Van Der Bruggen asserts that pedophilia is simply a sexual orientation that can be neither chosen nor changed, and that we must “stop with the hate” related to it.
Columnist Stella Morabito sees the proverbial writing on the wall. “There are two main avenues to legalizing adult sexual relations with pre-pubescent children: 1) to designate it as a sexual orientation; and 2) to lower — or abolish — the age of consent for sexual activity,” she warns. “Both efforts are on track by pedophilia advocates, especially in academia and in the mass media.”
Impossible to imagine? Those who have witnessed the Left’s incrementalist approach to upending America know better.
Many American also know that abolishing the nuclear family is one of the foremost goals of the radical Left because an intact nuclear family is the last bastion of resistance to an agenda that seeks to abolish the last remaining obstacle to total government control. As an added “bonus,” Tapson explains that the normalization of all sexuality — wholly detached from any moral judgement whatsoever — is arguably the most potent weapon that can be used “to extinguish an already-marginalized Christian faith and morality in upcoming generations, and to establish the secular, globalist state as their benevolent parental authority.”
In short, it takes a village to raise a Marxist. And it takes a government with an increasing appetite for totalitarian control to trample parental rights under the auspices of sexual liberation.
All proclamation of “pride!” in the world notwithstanding.
A proposed new regulation would ban pistol braces. Death by a thousand cuts?
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) recently released a proposed firearms regulation that would effectively make millions of Americans criminals while doing next to nothing to stop actual crime. The new rule, should it be accepted, would effectively outlaw certain types of arm braces for pistols — devices that brace the firearm against the shooter’s arm to help with accuracy. The ATF’s claimed rationale for banning pistol braces is that its increased accuracy makes the firearm more lethal. That’s one way to spin it.
Undoubtedly, pistol braces do make for greater shooting accuracy, but why exactly is that a bad thing? The accuracy of a firearm actually makes it a safer and more suitable weapon for a law-abiding gun owner. The ATF’s argument exposes a flawed mindset — one that considers first and foremost the potential criminal use of a firearm rather than that which is beneficial for legal operation.
Columnist Kevin Williamson observes, “There isn’t really any good reason to restrict short-barreled rifles: Shorter barrels usually result in less power and inferior accuracy — they generally are less deadly than their full-sized counterparts. Shorter rifles are easier to conceal, but not as easy as a handgun.”
And his colleague at National Review, Michael Brendan Dougherty, notes, “The personal-defense weapon has a real appeal to gun owners looking for a suitable firearm for home defense or a gun to keep in a truck. The shorter barrel makes it easier to move around the interior of a home or in a car. And the arm brace, often adjustable, makes it easier to fire more accurately. Shooting a pistol accurately in an adrenalized situation is actually pretty tough to do. But if you put that smaller pistol-caliber bullet in a slightly larger gun, and you have a brace that gives you more points of contact, you are likely to fire more accurately.”
However, even more significant is the attitude inherent behind this newly proposed regulation. To the gun grabbers, there are simply never enough limitations on the Second Amendment. The ATF should be asking the exact opposite question, which is how to provide greater protection of and access to the Second Amendment.
Data on the criminal use of firearms simply doesn’t support or justify the creation of this latest regulation. Instead, this is yet another instance of needless government encroachment on our civil rights. It erodes the Second Amendment by nibbling away at a seemingly fringe issue. Creating a new rule will do little to address actual legitimate criminal behavior, while giving the government yet another “crime fighting” tool at the expense of the law-abiding citizen.
The communist Chinese can’t get away with their deadly cover-up of the COVID-19 outbreak.
We say this grudgingly, but the first thing we should do as a nation is pull out of next year’s Winter Olympic Games in Beijing.
Hundreds of American athletes have dedicated their young lives toward this competition, but only 250 or so will ultimately earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic team. And here’s the thing: For each and every one of those athletes, some 2,500 Americans will have died due to COVID-19.
The communist Chinese are responsible for every one of those deaths.
We know the argument: The Olympic Games are supposed to be above politics. But the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t like a trade dispute, a human rights violation, or even an act of military aggression. It’s the killer of 3.7 million innocent people worldwide. We can’t let the Chinese get away with it. But our attendance at the Olympic Games would be a tacit admission that all’s well, that all’s forgiven, that we’re back to business as usual.
The Washington Free Beacon’s Matthew Continetti favors a partial boycott as part of a three-headed approach, which includes a stepped-up engagement with Taiwan and the imposition of a “carbon tariff” on all Chinese goods coming into the U.S. As for the Olympics, he writes, “On June 7 a bipartisan resolution was introduced in Congress demanding that the International Olympic Committee explore other venues. A declaration that no U.S. government personnel will participate because of China’s actions at home and abroad would embarrass Beijing. It would encourage other democracies to do the same. China deserves neither the honor of nor the revenue from the participation of U.S. officials. Let the athletes compete. But cheer them on from home.”
We respectfully disagree with this suggestion. We don’t think merely keeping our bureaucrats away from Beijing sends a nearly strong enough message. The evidence suggests that the lab’s leak of the virus was accidental, but it’s what happened after that accidental leak that’s most worthy of sanction. The ChiComs covered up the Wuhan outbreak for a month in the crucial early days, thereby denying the nations of the world an opportunity to prepare for it. And they’ve stonewalled all attempts by the international community to get to the bottom of it ever since.
As Continetti writes, “The dishonesty and incompetence of the Chinese Communist Party turned a national crisis into a global one. A March 2020 study estimated that cases might have been reduced by anywhere from 66 percent to 95 percent if Chinese authorities had acted earlier.”
Think about that: Had the communist Chinese government behaved like a normal, responsible nation, this global cataclysm could’ve been minimized by up to 95%. These are human lives.
As our Nate Jackson noted last week, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo coauthored an op-ed with former Dick Cheney chief of staff Lewis “Scooter” Libby calling on the Biden administration to lead a global coalition to punish the ChiComs.
“It’s remarkable enough to see the Trump wing of the GOP collaborating with the George W. Bush wing on a policy recommendation,” wrote Jackson, “but it’s even more significant that the objective is essentially recommending ways to, as Mark Alexander wrote last year, ‘send Xi Jinping the bill’ for the ChiCom Virus pandemic.”
We doubt this administration is up to it, but the case must be made.
We’re as certain as we’re ever likely to be as to the question of COVID-19 having leaked from a biosafety level 4 lab in Wuhan. As National Review’s Andy McCarthy, a former federal prosecutor, wrote earlier this month, “We can no longer afford to be wrong when it comes to the origin … of a pandemic that has caused nearly 4 million deaths globally (now closing in on 600,000 in the U.S.), in addition to geometrically more instances of serious illness, trillions of dollars’ worth of economic destruction, and incalculable setbacks in the educational and social development of tens of millions of children.”
McCarthy concedes that, yes, the case against the ChiComs is circumstantial. But, he says, “Every good [prosecutor] will tell you that the best case is a strong circumstantial case. It is the most airtight and least problematic kind of proof. … We should stop spouting the untenable and irresponsible drivel that, because the case is ‘circumstantial,’ the truth may never be known. We know plenty.”
Former President Donald Trump has demanded that the Chinese pay up to $10 trillion in reparations to the U.S. for the damage its COVID-19 malfeasance has wrought. He also suggested that the world’s other nations join in. How? He says any country that owes money to China should cancel its debts as a “down payment” on reparations.
We don’t think the Biden administration is up to the task, but we should keep beating the drum nonetheless. As Continetti puts it, “The despotic regime whose malign indifference killed so many and cost so much cannot be allowed to pretend that nothing happened. We can hold China responsible. And we can make China pay.”
Flag Day and the U.S. Army — June 14 is Army and Flag Day, celebrating the anniversary of the founding of the United States Army on June 14, 1775 and the adoption of our flag by the Second Continental Congress on June 14, 1777.
Naftali Bennett sworn in as Israel’s 13th prime minister (Jerusalem Post) | Benjamin Netanyahu tries to go “scorched earth” in last speech, swipes at Biden administration over incompetent Iran policy (Fox News)
One victim dead, 13 wounded following Austin mass shooting (Washington Examiner) | Texas newspaper refuses to give description of black suspect because of “stereotypes” (Daily Wire)
Government & Politics
Merrick Garland announces expansion of DOJ’s voting rights unit, vowing to scrutinize voting restrictions integrity and ballot reviews (Washington Post)
Kamala Harris slammed for marching in gay pride parade instead of visiting southern border (Washington Times)
ChiCom Joe asks G7 to take a tougher line on China — but not all allies are enthusiastic (Washington Post) | G7 nations take aggressive climate action but hold back on coal by necessity (NY Times)
White House returning $2 billion in Trump border wall funds to Pentagon (ABC News)
Health & Heartland
CDC holding emergency meeting on heart inflammation in young males after COVID shot (Fox News)
Novavax likely to add fourth COVID vaccine to U.S. arsenal (National Review)
42.6% of the U.S. population is “fully vaccinated” (Breitbart)
Florida Board of Education officially bans critical race theory from state classrooms (Just the News)
Policy: No, “systemic racism” is not why so many black kids are in foster care (AEI)
Policy: Can an employer mandate a COVID vaccination? (Daily Wire)
Humor: Disaster at G7 as Biden tackles Boris Johnson mistaking him for Trump (Babylon Bee)
Insight: “Many people today don’t want honest answers insofar as honest means unpleasant or disturbing. They want a soft answer that turneth away anxiety.” —Louis Kronenberger (1904-1980)
For the record: “There is a crisis at our southern border, a crisis created by this Administration’s failure to stick with the sound immigration policies we put in place.” —Mike Pompeo
Touché: “It’s almost as if [Kamala] Harris is the kind of politician who might be so bad at this she’d have to drop out of a primary before a vote was cast in Iowa.” —Mary Katherine Ham
Upright: “Claims that one’s race is akin to a disease — and, by extension, that racism is so dependent upon intractable power structures that it serves as a form of original sin — may well be treated seriously in the nation’s universities, but, here in the outside world, they are regarded by people of all races and political persuasions as unmitigated garbage.” —Charles C.W. Cooke
Food for thought: “White people don’t see themselves as an identity group. Critical theorists on the left say that is a form of privilege. But therein lies a problem for Democrats: The more white people vote as an identity group, the less they will vote for the party that tells them they are oppressors who must pay reparations.” —Erick Erickson
Friendly fire: “There is a recurrent theme on the far left that things have never been worse. Kevin Hart expressed a view many hold when he told The New York Times, ‘You’re witnessing white power and white privilege at an all-time high.’ This is one of the big problems with wokeness — that what you say doesn’t have to make sense or jibe with the facts or ever be challenged, lest the challenge itself be conflated with racism. But saying white power and privilege is at an all-time high is just ridiculous. … Having a warped view of reality leads to policies that are warped. Black-only dorms and graduation ceremonies? A growing belief in whiteness as a malady and white people as irredeemable? Giving up on a colorblind society? Only if you believe we’ve made no progress does any of that make sense.” —Bill Maher
Not so funny: “I keep forgetting I’m president.” —Joe Biden
The BIG Lie: “Your right to choose your representatives is under attack. GOP-controlled legislatures in 14 states have passed 24 new laws this year that will allow them to ‘politicize, criminalize, and interfere in election administration,’ according to a new report.” —Hillary Clinton almost perfectly describing Democrats’HR 1
And last… “If there are people who are triggered by giant American flags, then it is the duty of Americans to trigger those people as often as possible.” —Frank J. Fleming